Ubisoft Worked With GLAAD On Upcoming Changes To Assassin's Creed Odyssey Shadow Heritage DLC

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Ubisoft Worked With GLAAD On Upcoming Changes To Assassin's Creed Odyssey Shadow Heritage DLC

Update 2: LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD released a blog post stating they worked with Ubisoft on the upcoming changes to Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Shadow Heritage DLC. After praising the main game's approach of allowing players to define their character's sexuality however they please, GLAAD criticized an unavoidable heterosexual relationship that occurs in the DLC story, saying, "At worst, this sends the harmful message that sexual orientation can be changed at will and that LGBTQ people can choose to conform to heteronormative expectations in spite of their identities."

In response to the news, GLAAD said the following:

Ubisoft has publicly apologized for the acknowledged mistake, and since last week, GLAAD has been in direct contact with Ubisoft in an effort to work together to improve aspects of this DLC and future content releases. The forthcoming updates to Shadow Heritage announced by Ubisoft just yesterday are a positive step, and we applaud them for working to mitigate the damage.

GDC Survey Reveals 18 Percent Of Developers Working On Next-Gen Games

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GDC Survey Reveals 18 Percent Of Developers Working On Next-Gen Games

Each year, the Game Developers Conference serves as one of the biggest meetings of the minds for creators in the video game industry. While we're still about two months off, the conference shared its seventh annual State of the Game Industry survey results. The survey polled nearly 4,000 video game developers on a variety of topics including work hours, Steam, and projects they are working on.

One of the most interesting tidbits is that 18 percent of the 4,000 developers surveyed are working on games for unannounced platforms. However, only 2 percent of respondents say that project is exclusive to next-gen games; the other 16 percent say their projects are cross-generational. On that same question, 46 percent say they are developing exclusively for existing hardware.

In addition, one of the topics touched on was how the developers surveyed were planning on monetizing their "next completed game." 50 percent responded that it would be traditional "Pay to Download," while 41 percent said "Free to Download." However, only 9 percent of total respondents said their games would include paid loot boxes, while 22 percent and 24 percent said they would support the game through paid in-game currency and paid in-game items respectively.

GDC Survey Reveals 18 Percent Of Developers Working On Next-Gen Games

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GDC Survey Reveals 18 Percent Of Developers Working On Next-Gen Games

Each year, the Game Developers Conference serves as one of the biggest meetings of the minds for creators in the video game industry. While we're still about two months off, the conference shared its seventh annual State of the Game Industry survey results. The survey polled nearly 4,000 video game developers on a variety of topics including work hours, Steam, and projects they are working on.

One of the most interesting tidbits is that 18 percent of the 4,000 developers surveyed are working on games for unannounced platforms. However, only 2 percent of respondents say that project is exclusive to next-gen games; the other 16 percent say their projects are cross-generational. On that same question, 46 percent say they are developing exclusively for existing hardware.

In addition, one of the topics touched on was how the developers surveyed were planning on monetizing their "next completed game." 50 percent responded that it would be traditional "Pay to Download," while 41 percent said "Free to Download." However, only 9 percent of total respondents said their games would include paid loot boxes, while 22 percent and 24 percent said they would support the game through paid in-game currency and paid in-game items respectively.

Here Are Overwatch's 2019 Lunar New Year Costumes And Prices

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Here Are Overwatch's 2019 Lunar New Year Costumes And Prices

With a new year comes new beginnings, but it also means new Overwatch events and thus new costumes. Overwatch's third iteration of the Lunar New Year event, Year of the Pig, is no exception, bringing new costumes, poses, and other cosmetics with it again this year. The event is now live, letting us get a good look at the new content and, more importantly, how much gold it will run you if lootbox luck isn't on your side.

This year, the costume theme is based around the historic warriors of China. So if you're a history buff or a Dynasty Warriors fans, you'll find some familiar names to enjoy in these new costumes.

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Here Are Overwatch's 2019 Lunar New Year Costumes And Prices

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Here Are Overwatch's 2019 Lunar New Year Costumes And Prices

With a new year comes new beginnings, but it also means new Overwatch events and thus new costumes. Overwatch's third iteration of the Lunar New Year event, Year of the Pig, is no exception, bringing new costumes, poses, and other cosmetics with it again this year. The event is now live, letting us get a good look at the new content and, more importantly, how much gold it will run you if lootbox luck isn't on your side.

This year, the costume theme is based around the historic warriors of China. So if you're a history buff or a Dynasty Warriors fans, you'll find some familiar names to enjoy in these new costumes.

Brigitte – General (750)

Sea Of Thieves Developer Wowed By Streaming Numbers

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Sea Of Thieves Developer Wowed By Streaming Numbers

In its latest developer diary, Sea of Thieves’ executive producer Joe Neate acknowledged the game’s growing following on platforms like Twitch.

“It’s been amazing to see the continued momentum and interest around Sea of Thieves since the Shrouded Spoils release,” Neate said. “Throughout December we’ve seen loads of streaming... Just loads of people coming in and playing Sea of Thieves. To see that continue through January, to see new streamers... has been incredible.”

It’s a true reversal in perception from when the game launched to middling reviews last year. In our own review, we described the game as “shallow” with good ideas but not enough content. Rare’s since proven its commitment to filling its swashbuckling, pirate sandbox with four free, sizeable expansion packs, including December’s Shrouded Spoils — and if Twitch is any indication of public perception (it usually is), their efforts are paying off.

Sea Of Thieves Developer Wowed By Streaming Numbers

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Sea Of Thieves Developer Wowed By Streaming Numbers

In its latest developer diary, Sea of Thieves’ executive producer Joe Neate acknowledged the game’s growing following on platforms like Twitch.

“It’s been amazing to see the continued momentum and interest around Sea of Thieves since the Shrouded Spoils release,” Neate said. “Throughout December we’ve seen loads of streaming... Just loads of people coming in and playing Sea of Thieves. To see that continue through January, to see new streamers... has been incredible.”

It’s a true reversal in perception from when the game launched to middling reviews last year. In our own review, we described the game as “shallow” with good ideas but not enough content. Rare’s since proven its commitment to filling its swashbuckling, pirate sandbox with four free, sizeable expansion packs, including December’s Shrouded Spoils — and if Twitch is any indication of public perception (it usually is), their efforts are paying off.

Tetsuya Nomura Reconsiders Worldwide Kingdom Hearts Releases After Leak

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Tetsuya Nomura Reconsiders Worldwide Kingdom Hearts Releases After Leak

After over a decade since the last numbered Kingdom Hearts game, anticipation is high for Kingdom Hearts III and Tetsuya Nomura's latest directed game. However, due to being shipped to retailers early, Kingdom Hearts III leaked out of a store in America two months ago, leading to entire playthroughs online months before the game officially releases. While certain scenes weren't on the disc to be patched later, it was still a lot of the game out there, and Nomura thinks the worldwide release is to blame.

Speaking to Japanese magazine Famitsu, translated by KHInsider, Nomura explained that he is reconsidering whether worldwide releases are something he will do in the future.

"I had expected to be able to relax, but I haven't been able to take a single break and I've been on my toes the entire time," Nomura joked with the interviewer. "We even had some trouble when someone overseas obtained a ROM through dishonest means."

Tetsuya Nomura Reconsiders Worldwide Kingdom Hearts Releases After Leak

about X hours ago from
Tetsuya Nomura Reconsiders Worldwide Kingdom Hearts Releases After Leak

After over a decade since the last numbered Kingdom Hearts game, anticipation is high for Kingdom Hearts III and Tetsuya Nomura's latest directed game. However, due to being shipped to retailers early, Kingdom Hearts III leaked out of a store in America two months ago, leading to entire playthroughs online months before the game officially releases. While certain scenes weren't on the disc to be patched later, it was still a lot of the game out there, and Nomura thinks the worldwide release is to blame.

Speaking to Japanese magazine Famitsu, translated by KHInsider, Nomura explained that he is reconsidering whether worldwide releases are something he will do in the future.

"I had expected to be able to relax, but I haven't been able to take a single break and I've been on my toes the entire time," Nomura joked with the interviewer. "We even had some trouble when someone overseas obtained a ROM through dishonest means."

Anthem Gets Social Hub Based On Early Feedback

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Anthem Gets Social Hub Based On Early Feedback

Anthem is still several weeks away, but Bioware is already trying to be reactive to feedback based on the closed alpha and, presumably, the upcoming demos. In response to players saying they want to be able to hang out with the game's NPCs and their friends between missions, Bioware is going to be adding a social hub into Anthem to do exactly that.

The news comes from Anthem's lead producer Michael Gamble on Twitter, who says you can head back to Tarsis or the launch bay after a mission, closing the tweet with "We listened to you."

After a mission, you can head back to Tarsis and catch up with some of the amazing characters we've created for you...OR...head back to the brand new Launch Bay, hang out with your friends, use the forge, reload and grab a new contract. Yeah, we listened to you... details soon! pic.twitter.com/m5sp96IpDh