Bungie Splits With Activision And Takes Over Destiny Publishing

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Bungie Splits With Activision And Takes Over Destiny Publishing

In an abrupt announcement with long-lasting ramifications, Bungie and Activision have announced that the two companies have split, with Bungie retaining ownership of the Destiny IP and full publishing rights to the game.

“Today, we’re announcing plans for Bungie to assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise," Activision and Bungie said in a join statement. "Going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects. Activision and Bungie are committed to a seamless transition for the Destiny franchise and will continue to work closely together during the transition on behalf of the community of Destiny players around the world."

We have reached out to Bungie and Activision for comment but did not get anything back at the time of writing. We will continue updating this story as it develops through the day.

Jump Force Open Beta Begins Next Week

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Jump Force Open Beta Begins Next Week

If you're eager to get your hands on Jump Force, Bandai Namco's crossover fighting game centering around licenses from Japan's Shonen Jump magazine, you won't have to wait too long. After a private beta late last year, the game will be getting a public beta later this month on January 18 through January 20.

Be one of the first to defend the Earth with Goku, Luffy, Naruto and many more of your favorite manga characters in our JUMP FORCE Open Beta for Xbox One and PS4! #JUMPFORCE Open Beta runs from Jan. 18th - Jan 20th. UNITE TO FIGHT! pic.twitter.com/VJCt0JcuQn

The beta is a stress test, so it will only be open during certain times. 

Mortal Kombat 11 Box Art Revealed

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Mortal Kombat 11 Box Art Revealed

Mortal Kombat's reveal event is only days away at this point, so we should soon know a lot more about the game than we do now. While the initial trailer and PR confirmed time travel shenanigans and character variations, the game's impending April release date means the next few months should be packed with Mortal Kombat information.

So why not start that off with a reveal of the box art, courtesy of one Ed Boon?

Happy to share with everyone the official cover art for Mortal Kombat 11 here!! pic.twitter.com/rltjktR3ZH

Sega Brings Catherine To PC Without Enhanced Edition Content

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Sega Brings Catherine To PC Without Enhanced Edition Content

As Sega was teasing just last week, Atlus' narrative puzzle game Catherine has been announced for PC and is already out now on Steam. This marks the first time that modern Atlus games have been ported to the PC, something that the Japanese developer behind games like Persona and Etrian Odyssey has been traditionally reluctant to do. But it still makes for a very odd announcement, as Sega has brought over what they have dubbed as Catherine Classic, eschewing the game's upcoming revisions and porting the 2011 game to PC.

In terms of upgrades, the PC version boasts 4K support, an unlocked framerate, and customizable button mapping. Unlike the original release, you can also choose between English and Japanese voice acting. What it doesn't include is anything in Catherine's announced remaster: new character Qatherine, new story events, new patrons in the Stray Sheep pub, extra difficulty modes to make it easier or harder, different character models like Joker from Persona 5, a bigger emphasis on competitive play, etc. For those, you will have to wait for the Full Body edition, which comes out next month in Japan and has been announced for release at some point in the west.

Blizzard Puts Stan Lee Tribute Into World Of Warcraft

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Blizzard Puts Stan Lee Tribute Into World Of Warcraft

Last November, former editor-in-chief, publisher, and chairman of Marvel comics, Stan Lee, passed away at the age of 95. But he will likely be remember for longer than he lived. Case in point, Blizzard recently released a patch for World of Warcraft that includes a cute tribute to the late creator.

Fan Bas Schouten recently discovered the addition of a mustached NPC named Stanley who walks around Stormwind Keep and occasionally yells “Excelsior!” at other players. At least two more models based on Stan Lee appear in the game, one wearing a plain black shirt and the other wearing Orgrimmar gear. Pretty neat. Nuff said.

Spider-Man and God Of War Lead The D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

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Spider-Man and God Of War Lead The D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

The Academy of Arts & Sciences' has revealed the nominees for its annual D.I.C.E awards. Once again, Greg Miller (Kinda Funny) and Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News) will be hosting the show on February 13. Voting opens to academy members tomorrow, with God Of War, Spider-Man, Return Of The Obra Dinn, and Red Dead Redemption II leading the pack of nominations.

Here's the full list.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation God of War
Gris
Spider-Man
Moss
Red Dead Redemption II

Newest Punisher: Season 2 Trailer Is Bursting With Action

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Newest Punisher: Season 2 Trailer Is Bursting With Action

The Punisher is one of the few remaining Marvel shows left on Netflix, which means he's probably got a lot of crime to stop. Judging by the latest trailer for the show's second season, there won't be many buildings in New York left without bullet holes once he's done. 

Season two can be streamed on Netflix starting January 18. Will this be the next show to get executed like one of Frank Castle's enemies? We'll have to wait and see.

Battle Royale-Style Mode Hits Red Dead Online Beta

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Battle Royale-Style Mode Hits Red Dead Online Beta

Rockstar has announced the first batch of new content that's coming to the Red Dead Online beta via today's update. The biggest addition is the new Gun Rush mode, which is the Western game's answer to the battle-royale craze.

In Gun Rush, 32 players scramble to build up an arsenal as the playfield shrinks, in either solo or team-based variants. The last one (or team) standing takes home the glory, while the rest can do their part by feeding the buzzards. 

Today's update also adds daily challenges, upgrades to the law and bounty systems, changes to make it easier to avoid hostile players, and tweaks to the in-game radar (you'll only be visible to other players over short distances).

Nintendo Reveals Release Dates For Switch Ports Of Final Fantasy X/X-2 and XII

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Nintendo Reveals Release Dates For Switch Ports Of Final Fantasy X/X-2 and XII

Nintendo made a huge Final Fantasy showing during a Direct last September, revealing that a bevy of entries in Square-Enix's landmark series were making their way to the console. Today, both Nintendo and Square-Enix dropped dates for two of the biggest titles.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be coming to the Switch in April. X/X-2 hits on April 16 while XII arrives a few days later on April 30. XIII is also coming to Xbox One on that day.

You can read our review on the PS4 version of XII here.

Bungie Nixes Destiny 2 Puzzle Because It Was Too Hard

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Bungie Nixes Destiny 2 Puzzle Because It Was Too Hard

Destiny 2's Black Armory expansion was meant to hit a major milestone this week with its final forge, the Bergusia Forge. To commemorate this release, Bungie set up a complicated and circuitous puzzle in-game in a location called the Nicobe Labs. The idea was that players would investigate the area in teams, solve the puzzle, and unlock the forge for everyone.

However, after a day of trying, no one was able to solve the puzzle and Bungie just unlocked the content, anyway.

"While coming together as a community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new content that you want to play has not been an ideal experience," Bungie wrote in a blog post today. "As such, we will be decoupling the puzzle from the final offering of the Black Armory. All Annual Pass owners will be able to experience the Bergusia Forge when the puzzle is solved or when the deadline expires - whichever happens first."