Former BioWare Creative Director Mike Laidlaw Joins Ubisoft Quebec

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Former BioWare Creative Director Mike Laidlaw Joins Ubisoft Quebec

Ubisoft has announced that veteran developer Mike Laidlaw has officially joined the company's Quebec studio as creative director. Laidlaw, who is perhaps best known for his work on BioWare's Dragon Age series, had been working with Ubisoft Quebec for the past nine months as a creative consultant on an unannounced project.

"From day one, I was blown away by the talent, the creativity and the passion of the Quebec team," said Laidlaw. "Over the past few months, I also discovered the city and its welcoming people, which convinced me to move here and officially join Ubisoft Quebec."

Ubisoft recently expanded its presence in the city, opening a second site in Quebec and hiring 200 new employees. Ubisoft Quebec's latest release was this year's Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Fortnite Getting Creative Mode

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Fortnite Getting Creative Mode

Epic games has officially announced a new free creative mode for Fortnite that lets players make, share, and play in their own islands. The mode launches on December 13, but Battle Pass owners can take advantage of an early access week starting December 6.

The mode contains handy features such as being able to fly around the world, copy and edit selected objects, a selection of various island archetypes, island settings such as time limit and game type, obstacle courses, new traps, chests and llamas, and much more. Epic says it will add features and improvements over time.

Once players build their island (which can be saved) they can try them out with friends, and you'll be able to visit your friends' creations as well as those featured by Epic.

Kareem Hunt Removed From Madden NFL 19

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Kareem Hunt Removed From Madden NFL 19

Kareem Hunt, former Kansas City Chiefs running back who was released by the team after a violent video emerged, has been removed from Madden NFL 19 and Madden Ultimate Team. Hunt was seen on video kicking a prone 19-year-old woman during an altercation outside his hotel, prompting his placement on the commissioner's exempt list and subsequent release by the Chiefs.

"We are in the process of removing Kareem Hunt from the Madden NFL 19 roster, Madden Overdrive and Madden Ultimate Team," an Electronic Arts spokesperson told TMZ. 

Players who had Hunt on their Madden Ultimate Team will see him replaced with a generic player with the same stats. EA's decision to remove Hunt comes quickly after his dismissal from the Chiefs, which only came down on Friday, quite a bit faster than the NFL itself acted.

Red Dead Redemption Online Won't Reset Your Stats After Beta Ends

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Red Dead Redemption Online Won't Reset Your Stats After Beta Ends

If you've been playing Red Dead Redemption Online, you might be worried by Rockstar's insistence on calling it a beta. Typically, betas eventually end and reset progress on everything that happened so the entire base can start fresh at once. Rockstar has come out to clarify that they have no plans to do that with Red Dead Redemption Online, so people can go nuts playing.

Red Dead Online Beta December 4th, 2018 Update: pic.twitter.com/eemSezvvTp

As mentioned in the tweet, Rockstar is still responding to the feedback about the economy for Red Dead Redemption Onine, which has received a lot of criticism for how a can of beans costs more than a gold ring. Fans have remarked that the game needs significant retooling to feel as good as Grand Theft Auto Online.

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! ☃️
Overwatch Winter Wonderland returns December 11. pic.twitter.com/ZDkz80h8Ts

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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.