UPDATE: U.S. Politician Absolved Of Alleged Infractions In EVE Online

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UPDATE: U.S. Politician Absolved Of Alleged Infractions In EVE Online

Update 4/25/2019: Brian Schoeneman has been absolved of wrongdoing according to an official post by CCP. An investigation uncovered that their initial findings were incorrect, and an apology has been issued. Schoeneman and the other two players involved are poised to have their accounts restored. You can read the full details on the situation here.

People in Eve Online take the game very seriously. There's shifts depending on time zone, corporate espionage, wars that are waged based on when a company's leaders are asleep, and now corruption and subsequent bans for them. While the idea of corruption is not new, the fact that it appears to be a U.S. politician at the other end of the ban this time around.

Brian Schoeneman once ran for a seat in the Virginia house of delegates in the 37th district in 2011. Schoeneman was uncontested in the primary and ran as a Republican, though ultimately lost in general election. But more relevantly, Schoeneman was living an online life as Brisc Rubal, intergalactic member of Council of Stellar Management (CSM), an elected position from which he has now been ousted.

Apex Legends Details Priorities Moving Forward

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Apex Legends Details Priorities Moving Forward

Hot out the gates as a live service battle royale game, Apex Legends has addressed some priorities moving forward and its approach to how it handles being a live game.

A post today has all the details, but one of the most significant is that season launches launch with a new character, new battlepass, and metagame shifts, followed up by meaningful balance updates.

EA Play in June features updates on what to expect from Season 2, including a new weapon and changes to King's Canyon.

Nintendo Has No Intention To Reveal New Hardware At E3

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Nintendo Has No Intention To Reveal New Hardware At E3

Nintendo released yearly financial information last night and, as we pore over it, one statement during the earnings call from the company's president Shuntaro Furukawa stuck out. According to Furukawa, despite rumors of a Switch revision swirling in certain circles, the company isn't going to be using E3 to show any new hardware off.

"As a general rule, we're always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it,"  Furukawa said to investors according to a translation from Bloomberg. "But we have no plans to announce that at this year's E3 in June."

The phrasing is key, because Furukawa all but says new hardware is coming, but he specifically says don't look to E3 for it. The Kyoto-based first party has not used the annual gaming showcase for hardware reveals since the (some would say disastrous) reveal of the Wii U in 2011 and 2012's shows. Since then, 3DS revisions were given their own Nintendo Directs or simple press releases, while the Switch itself was livestreamed via Nintendo's own channels toward the end of 2016.

Katana Zero Is Getting Free DLC And A Speedrun Mode

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Katana Zero Is Getting Free DLC And A Speedrun Mode

Katana Zero's puzzle/action mixup is getting free DLC and a speedrun mode, developer Askiisoft announced today.

Thank you so much for playing and sharing Katana ZERO - we're excited that we've sold over 100,000 copies in the first week! Work on the first free DLC plus a speedrun mode is underway. pic.twitter.com/DdD3Xws2bE

While we don't know specifics, free additions are always welcome. You can check out our review of the game here and watch us play in New Gameplay Today here!

BlizzCon 2019 Details Released

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BlizzCon 2019 Details Released

Blizzard has announced details for BlizzCon 2019, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 1 and 2, with tickets going on sale in two waves – Saturday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 8.

New this year is "more active hall space" at the convention center and pregame festivities outside the hall the day before the show. BlizzCon 2019 also features the Hearthstone Global Finals, the StarCraft II World Championship Series, World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Finals, and the World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon International.

If you want to get tickets for the convention, there's a new Portal Pass, which gives you special access to the Darkmoon Faire area before the con for the "Night at the Faire," preferred parking, lounge access, preferred entrance on Friday and Saturday, and more.

Persona 5S Is Dynasty Warriors Meets Persona

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Persona 5S Is Dynasty Warriors Meets Persona

Yesterday Atlus revealed Persona 5: The Royal, an upgraded edition of Persona 5 will be released next year. Today Atlus showcased another title. It turns out Persona 5S, long-rumored to be a Switch port of Persona 5, is actually a Musou game like Hyrule Warriors or Dynasty Warriors called Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.

You can watch the trailer reveal here:

For more on Persona, check out our review of Persona 5 here.

Mortal Kombat 11 Makes Difficulty Adjustments To Towers Of Time

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Mortal Kombat 11 Makes Difficulty Adjustments To Towers Of Time

After hearing complaints about the progression system in Mortal Kombat 11, especially how difficult it is to complete the time-limited Towers of Time, NetherRealm promised the other day to make behind-the-scenes adjustments to fix these issues. Today, in a release day Kombat Kast, they detailed exactly what that means.

To begin with, enemy health, which can often be 10x what your character has, will be lowered to be a lot more achievable. Modifiers that shoot in from the background, like missiles, will be blockable and fire off less often. They are still looking into the frequency and value of rewards and will make various adjustments to that over time. Overall, the difficulty is lower for this mode, but they still want it to feel hard, just not as if the game is cheating you out of a victory.

NetherRealm does stay firm on the idea that they do not ever want to sell anything that can affect gameplay and they are not going to sell anything to unlock chests in the krypt. In addition, all players will be getting a stimulus package containing 500,000 coins, 1000 souls, and 1000 time krystals, the latter of which is used to buy premium outfits. That update will be out later this week.

Do Not Expect More Content For Devil May Cry 5 Anytime Soon

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Do Not Expect More Content For Devil May Cry 5 Anytime Soon

Capcom has always had a reputation of putting out new expansions for games in new forms, whether it be fighting game revisions or content updates like Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. The Devil May Cry series has seen its share of this, as well. Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition retooled the game and added extra content like a playable Vergil; Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition took a few years but added multiple playable characters to the mix; even DmC: Devil May Cry got a retooled and rebalanced Definitive Edition on newer consoles.

It would make sense that Devil May Cry 5, Capcom's extremely successful fifth game in the series would very quickly get some new content, perhaps in the form of more playable characters from the game's story as maybe DLC. It turns out that's not so, as it looks like development for the game has more or less wrapped, according to producer Matt Walker, who appeared on Twitter last night to answer fan questions.

Unfortunately dev on DMC5 is finished. I'd personally like to see the ladies playable too. We can only hope that at some point we can convince the people up top that it's worth doing.