Netflix Confirms It Will Start Offering Games At No Cost With A Focus On Mobile Experiences

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Netflix Confirms It Will Start Offering Games At No Cost With A Focus On Mobile Experiences

Earlier this month, we reported that Netflix has begun its ventures into gaming beyond adaptations by naming former EA Mobile exec Greg Peters its new Chief Operating Officer for the company's game goals. Now, Netflix has confirmed said reports, stating the goal behind the games as well as confirming that they will be available at no additional cost. 

Netflix confirmed the news in a new letter to investors. In the letter, the streaming services mentioned interactive experiences like Black Mirror Bandersnatch when talking about new goals. Seeing gaming as a category that already fits inline with Netflix's goals for expansion, Netflix has begun the process of integrating games into its service with a mobile focus in mind to start out. 

You can read the full gaming portion of the notice to investors below: 

District 9 Movie Director Neill Blomkamp Joins Gunzilla Games As Chief Visionary Officer

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District 9 Movie Director Neill Blomkamp Joins Gunzilla Games As Chief Visionary Officer

If you've watched movies like District 9 and Chappie, then you're familiar with Neill Blomkamp's creative mind and some of his body of work. Now Blomkamp is making his way into gaming by joining the Gunzilla Games studio as its newest Chief Visionary Officer. 

The studio is gearing up for its "next evolution of multiplayer AAA shooters," but with a strong focus on narrative and delivering an impactful story. To make that vision a reality, Blombkamp is offering his creative talents and directing experience. 

“Gunzilla has a strong vision that clearly stands out. With a team of incredible talents and long-time industry veterans, it is creating a new, exciting multiplayer AAA shooter game that pushes the boundaries of gameplay, player freedom, customization options as well as narrative experience within the shooter genre. My own big-screen film experience will hopefully help shape new ways of interactive storytelling and next-generation visuals. And by making the best use of everything today’s video game development technologies have on offer, we will jointly create an immersive experience as we’ve never seen before,” says Blomkamp about his most recent move.

GTA Online’s Los Santos Tuners Update Is Now Live

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GTA Online’s Los Santos Tuners Update Is Now Live

As get ever closer to the new-gen launch of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online, the latter game just got a big (and free) content update that’s now live. Los Santos Tuners speaks to the gearheads and general car enthusiasts with a new social space dedicated to hanging with friends and showing off your rides, more high-stakes heists to pull off with your crews, additional race types, and more.

The LS Car Meet is a combat-free, underground social hub where up to 30 players can gather and flaunt their prized vehicles. Not only can you use this area to customize your cars, but you can watch others do the same in real-time. You can also take vehicles out for a spin or race against others on a new private test track. The LS Car Meet serves as an ideal spot to show off the game's 10 new vehicles along with other new rides set to arrive in the coming months. Best of all, you can test drive unreleased vehicles during the first few weeks of launch. 

The LS Car Meet also lets players host private meets and test track races, set the location as a spawn point upon starting the game, and Car Meet members who join front he Social Club Crew are rewarded with bonus goodies such as a Property Crew Emblem for the new Auto Shops. 

Ubisoft's Skull & Bones Is Now In Alpha, But The Road To Get There Has Reportedly Been Anything But Easy

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Ubisoft's Skull & Bones Is Now In Alpha, But The Road To Get There Has Reportedly Been Anything But Easy

Ubisoft's Skull & Bones has been an enigma ever since it was first revealed. The hyper-realistic nautical pirate adventure looked intriguing, but the silence on its development has been oddly telling, that is until Ubisoft announced that it now has a release window targeting a time between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023. After spending years working on this game, it looks like it is now in a playable alpha state, but a new report suggests that the time leading up to now has been anything but smooth sailing. 

A new report from Kotaku talks about the road thus far, including how Skull & Bones was initially meant to be an expansion to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the first entry in the franchise that focused heavily on nautical warfare. According to the site, more than 20 developers that worked at Ubisoft talked with Kotaku anonymously to discuss the journey that has been Skull & Bones. Originally slated to be a multiplayer expansion for Black Flag, Ubisoft eventually pivoted to it becoming an MMO tie-in to the Assassin's Creed game called Black Flag Infinite. That obviously didn't work out, but the idea eventually transformed into its own IP, though even that has had some apparent growing pains.

Riders Republic Hit With Another Delay, New Release Date Announced

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Riders Republic Hit With Another Delay, New Release Date Announced

Delays are a common occurrence in this industry. Naturally, developing games during the pandemic was particularly tedious and led to a bevy of release date changes. Despite being one of the most prominent development companies in the world, Ubisoft did not emerge unscathed. Both Rainbow Six Extraction (originally known as Rainbow Six Quarantine if you’ve been following the title for a long time) and Riders Republic have been hit with delays in the past. However, after another delay, we now have another release period date for the latter. 

An update on Riders Republic was published on the official site and emphasizes the excitement for the game’s upcoming beta despite ending on a less enthusiastic note, “To ensure we can deliver the best game for all players, we've made the tough decision to delay our release date from September 2 to October 28,” the post reads. “This will give us more time to fine tune the experience and give you another chance to jump in before launch and provide feedback.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Might Finally Be What Fans Are Looking For

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Might Finally Be What Fans Are Looking For

Over the years, Yu-Gi-Oh! has seen numerous titles of all kinds land on many platforms. These range from single-player centric experiences that allow players to build with specific subsets of cards to mobile-centric nostalgia-laden titles like Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. In an announcement today, we finally got our first look at Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for a “full-form” take on the massive card game that would exist in the same space as things like Magic: The Gathering Arena, Hearthstone, Legends of Runeterra, and the rest of the core digital online card game offerings. It looks like it’s using the standard 8000 life point total and will include tons of cards and strategies under a possible (probable) free-to-play model, much like other major online CCGs. So the question is, is this the one? I sure hope so.

Xbox Game Pass Adding 12 New Games, Including The Ascent And Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Xbox Game Pass Adding 12 New Games, Including The Ascent And Microsoft Flight Simulator

A new wave of adventures is coming soon to Xbox Game Pass, some even arriving as early as today. The ever-evolving library continues to evolve with new games becoming available and older entries being removed to make more room. For those with Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate, here is what's coming and what's leaving the subscription service over the next month. 

Before we dive into the new titles coming to the Microsoft service, let's talk a little bit about what this membership even is. The Xbox Game Pass library continues to change with new titles being added. From day one launches of hit games to indie treasures that deserve their stage time just as any other game, the Game Pass membership allows Xbox fans a chance to have instant access to an eclectic library without having to shell out $60 for each experience.

For those that already have Game Pass, here are the new games on the way: 

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Revealed Alongside Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Saikyou Battle Royale And A New Mobile Game

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Revealed Alongside Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Saikyou Battle Royale And A New Mobile Game

It's time to du-du-du-du-DUEL! For those Yu-Gi-Oh! fans out there, new details have emerged about Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel and what it will have to bring fans of the hit anime series. Konami first announced the game back on January 22, 2021, but now we're getting a closer look at what it has to offer, thanks to a recent live stream. 

During Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! Digital Next live stream from Japan, one of the announcements revealed was a new Master Duel experience. This new game will showcase the original OCG/TCG experience and will offer 4K support, which is great considering this is a digital card game. Those finer details can be highlighted enjoyably. 

Konami also confirmed that Master Rules can be used and that there are easy-to-use in-game tutorials for anyone that may be a little newer to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. 

Amazon's New World And Fall Guys Are The Latest Games To Do More For Epileptic Safety

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Amazon's New World And Fall Guys Are The Latest Games To Do More For Epileptic Safety

If you've read my Epileptic's Guide to Gaming, then you know that you don't have to be epileptic to have a seizure. It can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons. That's why I've been pushing so hard for epileptic health in media for years now, including the realm of video games. A small change made to Cyberpunk 2077 made it infinitely safer, and it's those design elements in mind that many studios aren't even aware of until it's too late. A small color shift, a slight alteration to a pattern – it's easier and less intrusive than many might think. However, one thing is for certain: either many games don't have any sort of warning label, or the ones that do don't provide any useful info. That's why I like to highlight when games do more, and I will continue to do so. This time, it's regarding Fall Guys and Amazon's New World. 

Madden NFL 22 Scouting Feature Details Revealed During Latest EA Play Live Spotlight

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Madden NFL 22 Scouting Feature Details Revealed During Latest EA Play Live Spotlight

With the Madden NFL 22 release date right around the corner for August 20, Electronic Arts wanted to show a little more about the upcoming sports entry with its latest EA Play Live Spotlight showcase. With EA doing its own thing instead of E3 2021, the company has been sprinkling out deeper dives throughout the entire month of July, with even more on the way. First, there was more about Battlefield 2042 and Apex Legends, and then there was the Independent Studios spotlight. Now, it's Madden's time to shine. 

With the frustration that surrounded the current entry in the Madden franchise palpable concerning a lack of new features, the studio wants fans to know that this feedback has been heavily weighted with the newest game. While modes like The Yard, Face of the Franchise, and Madden Ultimate Team return in Madden NFL 22, more features have been added to make the experience more immersive and realistic, especially with coach interactions and field strategy. With this week's Spotlight, the dev team talked a little more about some of the features fans can expect to see, including a closer look at Scouting.