Bungie Reaffirms Commitment To Destiny And Discusses Future Steps

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Bungie Reaffirms Commitment To Destiny And Discusses Future Steps

Hot off the heels of its split from Activision, Bungie is already discussing openly its plans and goals for Destiny. In the latest "This Week At Bungie" blog, franchise director Luke Smith took some time to assure fans that Destiny is still Bungie's main focus. The blog post opens with a thank you to Activision, High Moon Studios, and lastly, Vicarious Visions "who is currently readying their Destiny swan song with content that will appear in the upcoming Season of [Redacted]. " 

After the tease, Smith outlined short-term and long-term goals. Right now, Bungie is executing on its promises for the Annual Pass content. "We've learned a lot from Black Armory that we will apply to future releases, most notably that we'd like the beginning experiences of content drops to be a better point of convergence for the playerbase," Smith said, noting that the power requirement for the first forge was "too high."

"We want to find the line between new content that many players can play, and aspirational content for players to progress toward. We're exploring improvements to catch-up mechanics for players in upcoming seasons," he explained.

Does Travis Strikes Again Tease A New No More Heroes Game?

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Does Travis Strikes Again Tease A New No More Heroes Game?

(This post contains some spoilers for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, which released today on the Nintendo Switch. While there's no story spoilers, if you don't want to know anything that happens in Suda51's newest title, you should turn away now.)

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is out today, making the first time Suda51 has directed a game in a decade and the first real ride for Travis Touchdown since the end of No More Heroes 2. While we actually quite liked Travis' new top-down action game, it's not the full-fledged No More Heroes title fans initially expected, and Grasshopper's team seems to realize that. In an interview at PAX last year, Suda seemed to confirm that a third mainline No More Heroes game is happening, but going by Travis Strikes Again, it may be happening sooner than we think.

After the credits roll on the game, Travis loads into a blank room with a different camera angle resembling the perspective of the previous two No More Heroes games. Beam katana in hand, he also has most of his moves from those games intact, and can practice them on a training dummy.

Cast For Interactive Narrative Game Telling Lies Revealed

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Cast For Interactive Narrative Game Telling Lies Revealed

In 2015, veteran game designer Sam Barlow released Her Story, an entirely FMV-based narrative adventure based around determining the truth from multiple videos of testimony. Two years later, Barlow announced he was teaming up with Annapurna Interactive for a follow-up titled Telling Lies. The spiritual sequel began filming in Los Angeles last month and is due to be completed next week. Today, Annapurna announced the cast for Telling Lies, which includes actors from Westworld, Scrubs, and more.

Vivien Lyra Blair, who played "Girl" in the Netflix hit Bird Box, also has a speaking role in the game.

You can read our original Her Story review from way back in 2015 right here

Kingdom Hearts III's Vocal Theme Face My Fears Is Now Streaming

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Kingdom Hearts III's Vocal Theme Face My Fears Is Now Streaming

I hold a lot of nostalgia for Kingdom Hearts' opening themes. The two previous series vocal themes, Simple & Clean and Sanctuary, find occasional placement in my streaming playlists and inevitably get me daydreaming about those games and their still extremely impressive CG intros. Now, the newest song in the series, Face My Fears, is available on streaming services for you to attach a new age of nostalgia to.

I am not sure if it slaps, but I am also not entirely sure what it means, but it sounds a lot better than I expected a J-Pop song with Skrillex collaborating to sound. We'll see how it affects me on the other side of the third Kingdom Hearts game, though.

Utada Hikaru was a natural pick for Square for Kingdom Hearts' vocal themes due to her immense popularity and cross-national appeal. Having been born in New York City and educated at Columbia, the singer and songwriter was uniquely qualified to help shepherd the series' appeal in both Japan and America. Between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III, Utada has semi-retired, had a child, come back from retirement, changed her stage name, and come back again. She is frequently voted as a favorite artist in Japanese music polls.

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