Westworld Mobile Is Shutting Down

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Westworld Mobile Is Shutting Down

After a dramatic legal battle between Warner Bros, Behaviour Interactive, and Bethesda over the game's similarities to Fallout Shelter, Behavior Interactive has announced it's pulling the plug on Westworld Mobile. The game has been removed from The App Store and Google Play already and its servers will go go offline completely on April 16.

Behaviour Interactive made the announcement on Westworld Mobile's Twitter page:

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Reader Discussion - Do You Prefer New Characters Or Old Favorites?

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Reader Discussion - Do You Prefer New Characters Or Old Favorites?

It really does feel like we're in the season of returning characters. With Resident Evil 2 coming out soon, the game is obviously a remake, so we're playing as Leon and Claire again. There's a nice familiarity to taking control of Leon Kennedy again, as we've done in Resident Evil 2, 4, and 6. Claire herself was in the relatively recent Revelations 2. We're going back to Sora again in Kingdom Hearts III, Dante again in Devil May Cry 5, Yoshi in Yoshi's Crafted World, etc.

While these games often have some variation, I was thinking about whether or not I prefer new or old characters in games. Reading Suriel's interview with Ed Boon, the Mortal Kombat director talked a bit about the mixture of old and new characters in Mortal Kombat 11 and having to keep a balance, edging toward the returning characters versus new ones. It got me thinking about how much I liked the new characters in Mortal Kombat X, though I didn't grow up with the series, which might be the root of my thinking on it.

So I was curious what everyone else thought: do you prefer playing new characters or do you prefer your old favorites come back? It doesn't necessarily have to be fighting games. Does Ethan Winters in Resident Evil 7 matter to you or could that have been Chris Redfield and felt as good or better.

GDC Recognizes Sega's Rieko Kodama For Pioneer Award

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GDC Recognizes Sega's Rieko Kodama For Pioneer Award

Even if you don't recognize Rieko Kodama's name, there's a good chance you've played a game she's either worked on, directed, or produced. Dubbed "The First Lady of RPGs" by magazine Nintendo Power due to her pioneering work in the 1980s, Kodama is famous for making her name and work none in a male-dominated industry. You might best know her for games like Phantasy Star IV, 7th Dragon, and Skies of Arcadia, but she has also contributed to titles like Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast, as well.

Kodama will be recognized with the Pioneer Award at the Game Developer's Conference in March taking place in San Francisco.  

"After decades spent developing some of SEGA's most indelible classics, Kodama-san could easily rest on her laurels, but instead has dedicated herself to creating games that transcend gender and generations to give us countless hours of joy," GDC's general manager Katie Stern wrote in a statement given to Gamasutra. "This award is a 'thank you' to Kodama-san and all creators who work so hard to achieve greatness."

Netflix Argues That Their Real Competition Is Fortnite

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Netflix Argues That Their Real Competition Is Fortnite

The new year has been rough for Netflix. In addition to having to raise their prices, the streaming service is facing down the barrel of losing 20 percent of their content this year to companies like NBC Universal and Disney pulling their licenses to bolster their own streaming services. Like cowboys standing in a circle ready to draw their guns, it seems like everyone has decided it's about time to draw. Netflix doesn't see this as the real threat, though. The real threat is Fortnite.

In a letter to investors today, Netflix argued that HBO is not their main competition, but rather Epic's multiplayer battle royale shooter. Moreover, the competition has been winning more often than not, putting Netflix in the position of defeat more than victory in the battle for people's time.

"In the US, we earn around 10 [percent] of television screen time and less than that of mobile screen time," their letter to shareholders reads. "We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO. When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time... There are thousands of competitors in this highly-fragmented market vying to entertain customers and low barriers to entry for those with great experiences."

Bethesda Confirms Fallout 76 Bans For Accessing Developer Room

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Bethesda Confirms Fallout 76 Bans For Accessing Developer Room

Last week, Fallout 76 players discovered that it was possible to access a developer room within the game, which let non-developers produce every item in the game and talk to an unused non-playable character in the room. At the time, it was rumored that Bethesda was banning players who got into the room and agreed to unban them if they explained how exactly they got in. Bethesda has now confirmed that they are banning players who have seen the hidden room.

In a statement posted on their Polish Facebook, with an official English translation given to Eurogamer, Bethesda explained that third-party software is required to access the developer's room and thus those players are getting banned.

"We are looking into accounts where players have obtained items by accessing areas of the game that are not intended for the public," Bethesda wrote. "These areas are only accessible to PC players that are using 3rd party applications to get into these areas... In an effort to ensure the integrity of these characters and accounts, these accounts are being temporarily disabled pending further investigation."

Our Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2019

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Our Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2019

With 2018 behind us, it's time to look forward to the new titles coming our way this year. From Campo Santo's gorgeous, new story-driven adventure taking place in Egypt to trying to escape Hell with your best friend, it sounds like this year will have some great games with unique premises. Here are our most anticipated adventure games.

Note: Entries are listed in alphabetical order.

Release: 2019 Platform: PC, Mac

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Begins Next Week

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Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Begins Next Week

Blizzard has revealed the next seasonal Overwatch event, a return of the Lunar New Year to ring in the Year of the Pig. Players can jump in for a host of new cosmetics and events for their favorite Overwatch characters starting on January 24.

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Overwatch Lunar New Year returns January 24.

Here's Everything From The Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event

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Here's Everything From The Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event

Missed today's Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event? Well we've got you covered with the biggest stories. 

Netherrealm has indicated that they plan a number of new reveals in the weeks and months leading up to the game's April 23 release date. Maybe we'll even see what the Switch version looks like in that time.

The original story hosting the livestream is below if you would rather just watch the event in its entirety.

New Character Geras Revealed For Mortal Kombat 11

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New Character Geras Revealed For Mortal Kombat 11

At the end of the Mortal Kombat 11 event today, the team at Netherream revealed the first completely new character for the game who goes by the name of Geras. While the character trailer did not reveal much in the way of story details, Geras appears to control the power of sand, maybe in the same way Raiden commands lightning and thunder. He certainly does not appear to fear the lightning god, at least.

Check out the reveal trailer below.

You can see his fatal move and his fatality in the trailer, which involves punching someone's brains out quite literally.

A New Power Rangers Fighting Game Is On The Way

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A New Power Rangers Fighting Game Is On The Way

Hasbro revealed today that a new game set in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers universe is will be released in 2019. Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid is fighting game due out in April 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. The game is due out on PC at a later date.

Battle For The Grid will feature rangers and villains "past and present" from the popular show. There will be cross-play on Xbox One, Switch, and PC. You can watch the game in action right here:

For more on the Power Rangers, watch us play through a bevy of old-school Power Rangers games in our Power Rangers Spectacular episode of Replay.