What We Might (And Might Not) See At The Game Awards

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What We Might (And Might Not) See At The Game Awards

With The Game Awards coming later this week, host Geoff Keighley has promised a number of big reveals for the show. At the same time, with no PlayStation Experience this year, Sony pulling out of E3, and the hopes for a big winter show means that fans are hoping everything that has gone unannounced (or just not been shown in a while) will get shown this week. It might be difficult for any show to reach those lofty expectations, but we can go through the rumored games and games confirmed not to appear.

We will keep this list updated as games are confirmed or deconfirmed to appear at the show.

What do you think will be revealed this year? Let us know below in the comments.

Funimation And Hulu Strike Deal For Simulcasting Anime

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Funimation And Hulu Strike Deal For Simulcasting Anime

A few weeks ago, Funimation officially backed away from anime streaming service Crunchyroll, due to both companies being owned by rival media conglomerates. The acquisition of Funimation by Sony does mean that the anime localization company can cut new deals with more visible vendor, including streaming service Hulu. The two companies announced today that Funimation will be bringing simulcast anime to Hulu.

Essentially this allows Funimation to put new episodes of anime on Hulu as soon as it airs in Japan. This is a far cry from the olden days of anime in America, where new episodes could take months to years to air on Toonami. This deal also means that Hulu is more or less cornering the market on new anime, leaving Netflix to capture licenses for older series and original programming.

While initially simulcast in Japanese language/subtitled forms, Hulu will host the dubbed versions of shows as Funimation makes them available. The existing library should also have their dubbed versions in tow when they come to Hulu. Funimation will also still keep their own streaming service going, making for a co-exclusivity partnership with Hulu.

Rumors Swirl of Crash Team Racing Getting A Remake

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Rumors Swirl of Crash Team Racing Getting A Remake

Rumors have been popping up that Naughty Dog’s classic cart racer, Crash Team Racing could be getting a remaster with an announcement coming soon. 

Among the rumors, last week a Facebook page began posting questionable announcements that the cult classic would be announced at this year’s Game Awards. Even more recently, PlayStation Access host Hollie Bennett sent out a tweet that includes an image of orange fuzzy dice, and a card bearing the cryptic message, “Sliding into the Game Awards on 6/12 – Anonymous.”

With the mad marsupial’s successful revival last year via the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Activision could very well be setting its sights on the old PlayStation exclusive cart simulator. With this year’s inaugural Game Awards taking place on December 6, an announcement could be in the works. If you've never played the game, you check out some footage of the frenetic cart racer, here

Report: Dragon Age 4 Will Be Revealed At The Game Awards, But Is Several Years From Release

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Report: Dragon Age 4 Will Be Revealed At The Game Awards, But Is Several Years From Release

It was only last week that Bioware general manager Casey Hudson openly teased "secret Dragon Age stuff" in the next few weeks, but it seems like it is a little less secret now. According to a report from GamesBeat, Dragon Age 4 will be revealed this week at The Game Awards, but the reveal seems to be the only part of the game that's actually done.

"Dragon Age 4 — or whatever name it’ll carry — is at least three years away, according to sources familiar with the studio," GamesBeat reporter Jeffrey Grubb writes. "That timeline could change, but that is the current expectation at EA. BioWare and EA have not even settled on a name for the new Dragon Age — although that is something they could decide in preparation for a reveal at The Game Awards."

If true, it could mean that Bioware's enthusiasm for Dragon Age is vastly outpacing their development schedule. Bioware is reportedly still all-hands-on-deck on Anthem, which releases early next year. With EA cancelling all of Mass Effect Andromeda's single-player DLC and staying quiet on the future of the series since, Dragon Age seems a logical place to go after. That still makes the decision to announce it so early puzzling.

Winter Festivities Return To Overwatch On December 11

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Winter Festivities Return To Overwatch On December 11

Like clockwork, Overwatch's Winter Wonderland returns on December 11 and runs through January 2. New winter-themed skins, sprays, and victory poses will likely be announced over the new few days to coincide with the event. The one thing we know at this point is that Blizzard World is living up to its name and is transforming into a frigid place.

You can see the map transform before your eyes in the video teaser below. We'll update this story as new details emerge.

Snow off your holiday spirit! ☃️
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Civilization VI's upcoming Gathering Storm expansion (February 14) features devastating environmental effects, but Maori legend Kupe – discoverer of New Zealand – finds a hospitable place to settle for his civilization.

Check out the expansion's new trailer detailing the Maori's advantages, from increased production, a unique building, and more.

For information on the Gathering Storm expansion as a whole, check out this previous preview.

Epic Launches Digital Games Store With 88 Percent Revenue Going To Developers

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Epic Launches Digital Games Store With 88 Percent Revenue Going To Developers

Epic Games, developer of titles like Fortnite, the first Gears of War trilogy, and Unreal Tournament, has announced the creation of a new digital PC store that hopes to compete with Steam by offering an unprecedented revenue split for developers.

The Epic Games Store is launching as a full-fledged game marketplace supporting all sorts of titles. The Fortnite developer hopes to incentivize developers to come over to the Epic Games Store by pushing the revenue split for software further than any platform holder has before, giving developers 88 percent of the revenues while keeping 12 percent for overhead. This is a big change considering the traditional industry standard for digital revenue split usually gives 30 percent to the store owner, whether it be Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Apple, Android, or Valve. Perhaps anticipating this move, Valve recently made adjustments to Steam's revenue model, but only above certain thresholds that most games won't hit.

“As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said in a press statement. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.”

Developers Respond To Epic Store Announcement

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Developers Respond To Epic Store Announcement

Today saw the announcement of the Epic Games Store. With higher percentages for developers who place their games on the new service, Epic is clearly attempting to position itself as a competitor to Valve’s Steam service. Tim Sweeney also answered more of our questions in an interview.

In the wake of the announcement, developers have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts. Here’s a collection of some of the most interesting things we’ve seen said.

Barry Meade, co-founder and director at Fireproof Games, makers of The Room games:

Bethesda Replacing Nylon Bags In Power Armor Edition

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Bethesda Replacing Nylon Bags In Power Armor Edition

In an effort to rebuild damaged relations with its community over Fallout 76, Besthesda announced over Twitter today that it is arranging to manufacture and distribute canvas bags to fans who purchased the game's Power Armor Edition. 

Fallout 76 has been a PR nightmare for Bethesda, the company responsible for the popular Fallout franchise. Fans were initially disappointed that the next game in the series would deviate from the franchise's single-player story formula in favor of an online multiplayer experience. The game dashed the hopes of many more when it launched on November 14 to universal criticism. Game Informer's Andrew Reiner gave Fallout 76 a 6 out of 10 and said it was "teeming with irradiated beasts and technical issues." The issues following the game only grew when Bethesda remained silent on its plans to improve the technical issues and seemly refused to refund upset gamers. This refusal kicked off a possible class-action lawsuit which claims the game's technical issues make it unplayable. 

Rockstar Gives Beta Status Update For Red Dead Online

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Rockstar Gives Beta Status Update For Red Dead Online

It’s been nearly a week since Rockstar rolled out the grass carpet for Red Dead Online, and while many people have been saddling up with friends, there have been a few issues with the Western masterpiece's online component.

Today, Rockstar outlined the first round of fixes in response to player feedback, and prime on the to-do list is a rebalancing of the in-game economy, followed by the elimination of a few bugs that were causing players to be kicked from the server. Currently, the updates are slated to come by the end of the week. In the announcement, Rockstar promises there will be more to come.

For players who wish to give their feedback, they can go here. For our take on the online posse experience, check out this video, or giddy on up over to our news hub where you can read our review and stay updated on how the online portion of Rockstar’s cowboy magnum opus is shaping up.