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.

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gears of War 4, And StarCraft II

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gears of War 4, And StarCraft II

Genesis 6 is one of the biggest Super Smash Bros. tournaments of the year, and this year features singles and doubles events for Smash 64Melee, and Ultimate, as we alls other games like Rivals of Aether, Splatoon 2, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The Pro Circuit for Gears of War 4 is back in Mexico City this week, as all kinds of competitors converge on the nation's capital to play in both team and two-on-two events. (Stream / Schedule)

The League of Legends North American circuit continues, with matches between the scene's biggest teams going on both today and tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule)

Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic

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Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic

If you've ever played casual games in Injustice 2, you know that the game's armor system can be a bit of a pain online. There are some very broken combinations that means anyone looking for a casual but fair match can really get the fuzzy end of the lollipop in a match. On a more base level, you also might have to end up wearing things that you don't like for the stats. This experience set off some alarm bells for players when Mortal Kombat 11 was announced to also be using gear. Thankfully, it appears that the gear in MK11 will not carry stats with it.

In an interview with Xbox Wire, Netherrealm's Trevor Traub explained that the gear itself isn't going to be a repeat of Injustice 2's system.

"One of the major differences for Mortal Kombat 11 is that the gear itself has no stats. It's cosmetic-only," Traub said. While there are ways to customize characters with augments, the gear itself doesn't do that. You can make yourself look however you want and it won't affect your stats, so you aren't stuck with a costume you dislike for viability's sake.

Weekend Warrior – In The Groove

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Weekend Warrior – In The Groove

As we all start to thaw out after the polar vortex made a long stop in Minneapolis, we have plenty to choose from this weekend. There are finally a good grouping of games out as we enter February, and we'll be splitting our time between Resident Evil 2, Wargroove, Kingdom Hearts III, and... Contra 3.

That's what we're doing, but what will you be doing this weekend? Are you ignoring games this weekend to watch some football? Let us know in the comments.

Javy Gwaltney – I just can’t put down Resident Evil 2 despite playing both runs. I’ll probably make time for some more Wargroove as well.

Musician Marshmello Holding Concert Inside Fortnite This Weekend

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Musician Marshmello Holding Concert Inside Fortnite This Weekend

Fortnite is no stranger to in-game events. Developer Epic seems to rather enjoy making a spectacle within the game with time-limited content that gathers people together. The newest event, however, looks like it might be strange even for Fortnite, with musician Marshmello hinting that he will be performing a concert inside the game on Saturday.

It started with Marshmello, whose real name is Christopher Comstock, tweeting on Thursday that fans should keep their eyes on Fortnite's Pleasant Park for a set.

Drop into Pleasant Park in @FortniteGame this Saturday for a special set

The Anthem Open Demo Is Now Live

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The Anthem Open Demo Is Now Live

Anthem's demo is now open to all users, as opposed to the VIP-only demo last weekend. While the new demo does not have any of the fixes they've taken from the feedback yet, it is an opportunity to give more feedback to the game so they can take a look at it post-release.

The Anthem demo gives players a small look at the full game, but without eight weeks of fixes and plopped into the middle of the story. Among other fixes, Bioware says they will allow running in Fort Tarsis, fix a few thousand small things, add a social hub, and more.

Hopefully the open demo does not suffer from the server issues that plagued the first day of the last demo. If you're looking to make the most of your time with Anthem this weekend, check out our guide outlining how to do so here.

Super Mario Movie Aiming For 2022

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Super Mario Movie Aiming For 2022

As part of Nintendo's financial briefing, the company's president Shuntaro Furukawa talked a little but the upcoming Super Mario movie, being shepherded by Nintendo and made by Minions studio Illumination. While the two groups only announced the movie last year, it will still be a little while before we'll see anything from Nintendo's first major motion picture in decades.

Furukawa said that the movie is "moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022." He also reconfirmed that Mario creator and Nintendo creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto is producing the film to make sure it is under the watchful eye of Nintendo.

This is actually the second Mario movie to ever exist. In 1993, when Mario had more social cache than even Mickey Mouse, Nintendo gleefully licensed the IP out for a Super Mario Bros. movie starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Anthony Hopkins. It was a historic critical and commercial failure, convincing Nintendo to back off from movies for the next 20 years. Before the late president Satoru Iwata passed away, he made cross-media deals to begin the process of making a Mario movie once again.