Valve On Future Artifact Updates: 'We're In This For The Long Haul'

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Valve On Future Artifact Updates: 'We're In This For The Long Haul'

In addition to announcing a couple of good quality-of-life features for its card game Artifact, Valve has also stated it plans to continue improving the game "for the long haul," despite rumblings about it not finding as large an audience as some might like.

Valve released Artifact on November 28 after a short beta period, and while the initial positive reviews (including ours) and influx of players was promising, its playerbase has tapered off some since release. As of this writing, it's sitting at a 24-hour peak of about 13,000 players, according to Steam's own numbers. This puts it well behind Valve's other major multiplayer games on the service, which range from having peaks of nearly 650,000 (Counter-Strike: Global Offense) and 60,000 (Team Fortress 2). It more closely aligns it with smaller-but-still-ongoing multiplayer games like Payday 2, Terraria, and Brawlhalla.

While that lower-than-expected turnout for the game might be cause for concern about the game's longevity, Valve has stated Artifact isn't going anywhere soon. It recently announced a pair of quality-of-life updates for the game, including the ability to chat with your opponent mid-match and new colorblind options. It also announced there were several other updates planned for the game over the next couple of months. "We're in this for the long haul," the company said on its official Twitter feed.

Keifer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, And Others Star In New Black Ops 4 Zombies Map

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Keifer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, And Others Star In New Black Ops 4 Zombies Map

According to a new trailer, the next zombies map included in the Black Ops 4 season pass will feature Keifer Sutherland, who voiced Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and was also the voice of CoD multiplayer back in World at War. Playing the cigar-chewing Gunslinger, Sutherland is joined by Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance, Helena Bonham Carter of basically every Tim Burton film ever made, and well-known English actor Brian Blessed.

Set in a an ostensibly haunted mansion, The Night of the Dead map has the foursome tangling with typical zombies and apparently werewolves too.  

The new update to the pass also introduces two new maps, Madagascar and Elevation and reintroduces the lethal robot, Reaper to the Blackout battle royale mode.

Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 2019 GDC Awards

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Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 2019 GDC Awards

Organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards have announced they will be honoring Amy Hennig's life's work at the San Francisco-based ceremony this March. Hennig was the creative director and writer of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted game series, writer and director of the Legacy of Kain and Soul Reaver series at Crystal Dynamics, and contributed to Jak and Daxter. Katie Stern, general manager of the Game Developers Conference, called her "a powerful figure in the game world," and "one of the most influential developers in the games industry." 

Amy Hennig is the last of a distinguished line of GDC Lifetime Award recipients including Tim Schafer, Tim Sweeney, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Ken Kutaragi, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Peter Molyneux. If you have a GDC 2019 Pass, you can catch the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6:30pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center. They haven't officially announced 2019's nommines, you can check out 2018's big winners here

Take A Look At Canada In Civilization VI’s Gathering Storm DLC

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Take A Look At Canada In Civilization VI’s Gathering Storm DLC

In Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm DLC, players can forge the destiny of the vast northern realm of Canada, helmed by the country’s seventh prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier.

With Canada, players will be able to farm on icy tundra tiles, purchase snowy plots at reduced rates, and construct ice hockey rinks to increase appeal and culture. The Great White North is a largely peaceful land, and as such its special ability is the Four Faces of Peace. Essentially, Canada cannot declare surprise wars, but likewise cannot be the target of one. The country also receives extra favor for tourism and diplomatic missions and is a solid choice for a diplomatic or cultural victory. Playing as Canada also grants players control over the famous red-shirted Canadian cavalry unit, the Mounties, which also have the unique ability to create national parks.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm releases February 14. To get a glimpse of the Maori civilization, hop on over here.

Police Respond To Noise Complaint Over Smash Bros., Join In Playing

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Police Respond To Noise Complaint Over Smash Bros., Join In Playing

It happens to everyone, even the most cautious gamer: you are playing a game with friends and things get a little too loud. When it happened to Jovante A. Williams and his friends during a game of Super Smash Bros., the cops got involved and showed up at the door alongside Williams. The officers were responding to a noise complaint from nearby neighbors, but stuck around to join the fight.

After the cops confirmed that there were didn't seem to be an excessive amount of noise, they were getting ready to leave before they inquired to Williams what they were playing.

“I’m like, ‘Y’all wanna play Smash?!’" Williams told YahooLifestyle. "And two of them literally raised their hand and walked up. They’re like, ‘How do you jump?’ They were acting; one of them was playing Pikachu!” He noted that they seemed to actually be pretty experienced in the game.

PSA: Overwatch's Winter Wonderland Event Is Live

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PSA: Overwatch's Winter Wonderland Event Is Live

Overwatch's annual holiday event, Winter Wonderland, is back for another round of festive fun.

 This year's version of the event, includes two modes from previous Wonderlands: The five-on-one Yeti Hunter brawl, and the Mei's Snowball Offensive, which has six versions of its titular character battling it out with snowballs.

Although there isn't a new mode this year, there are plenty of things to look forward to. The Blizzard World map gets its first holiday makeover, and there are new skins for the following characters to hope for (or buy outright) in lootboxes. You can see them below.

Author Says Cancelled Metro 2033 Film Adaptation Was To Be Set In Washington D.C.

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Author Says Cancelled Metro 2033 Film Adaptation Was To Be Set In Washington D.C.

The film adaptation for Dmitry Glukhovsky's 2005 novel Metro 2033, which was successfully made into a video game back in 2010, has been cancelled and all rights have reverted back to the author. In his book, the post-apocalyptic story is set in the Moscow Metro and tackles themes of communism and xenophobia, both of which Glukhovsky felt were in jeopardy when MGM decided to relocated the story to America. 

The author explained that, "In Washington D.C., Nazis don’t work, communists don’t work at all, and the Dark Ones don’t work," and that, "They had to replace the Dark Ones with some kind of random beasts and as long as the beasts don’t look human, the entire story of xenophobia doesn’t work."

Though it must be difficult to see a project so long in the making get scrapped – MGM originally gained the rights to Metro 2033 in 2012 – Glukhovsy has another Metro project to look forward to. Metro Exodus, a game being made by Deep Silver and 4A Games, is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC February 22. You can check out their concept for the snowy Russia wasteland here

Grand Theft Auto Online’s New DLC Brings Vehicular Combat To Los Santos

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Grand Theft Auto Online’s New DLC Brings Vehicular Combat To Los Santos

Rockstar has just released its latest DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online, and it looks like players will be able to enter the Maze Bank Arena for some car-on-car gladiatorial combat.  

Arena Wars brings with it a new workshop capable of turning your car into a death machine, seven new arena event modes, and the ability to track your progress in the events to unlock trophies and new outfits. Players can also get their hands on 12 new contender vehicles all capable of receiving metal-shearing upgrades, available in three new styles: apocalypse, future shock, and nightmare.

Among the many modes announced, players can jump into the area for the free-for-all mode of carnage where players will battle it out with a host of other weaponized vehicles until there’s only one left standing. There are also classic modes like flag war (capture the flag) and some new ones like here comes the monsters, which unleashes a horde of monster trucks upon some hapless compact cars to see if even one of the eco-friendly vehicles can survive. Players who are eliminated will also become spectators capable of unleashing explosive-armed RC cars and lethal drones upon the remaining drivers.

Infinity Blade Trilogy Is No Longer Available On The App Store, But You Can Find The Sword In Fortnite

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Infinity Blade Trilogy Is No Longer Available On The App Store, But You Can Find The Sword In Fortnite

Epic Games has removed the Infinity Blade Trilogy from the iOS app store, citing concerns about being able to support it as developer Chair works on its next game, Spyjinx.

The company made the official announcement on its blog yesterday. "With the development of Spyjinx and other projects, it has become increasingly difficult for our team to support the Infinity Blade series at a level that meets our standards," Epic said. The company will support Infinity Blade III with Clash Mobs over the next month.

Although new buyers can no longer access the games on the store, those who've already purchased and downloaded the games will continue to have access to them (and be able to re-download them) "for the foreseeable future." All in-app purchases for the game have also been removed.

Nier: Automata Game Of The Yorha Edition Announced

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Nier: Automata Game Of The Yorha Edition Announced

A ratings leak a few weeks ago accidentally let slip the title Nier: Automata Game of the Yorha Edition, a pun on Game of the Year using the organization name within the game. It's not a high-level pun or anything, but it's serviceable. In a way that makes me wonder whether or not Square Enix remembered if they had already announced it or not, the Nier: Automata Twitter account today confirmed the existence of the game with a message from director Yoko Taro, complete with spelling errors.

Attention all androids:
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with a special message direct from @yokotaro... pic.twitter.com/IE9seYUBzH

Yeah, that sounds about right.