Creator Of Shadow Of The Colossus Working On A New Game Of A Similar Scale

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Creator Of Shadow Of The Colossus Working On A New Game Of A Similar Scale

Fumito Ueda, the lauded director of games like Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian, has confirmed that he is working on a new title of a similar scale to his previous games.

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Ueda talked about his new studio genDesign and plans for future game development. "We're in a stage of various trials. This stage we're in, where we're actually making our ideas to test if they're interesting or not," he told Famitsu and translated by Gematsu. "What we're making now doesn’t feel like an indie game. We're ultimately aiming for something on the scale of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian."

Ueda announced his latest game, The Last Guardian, was first announced in 2008 for the PlayStation 3. Despite appearances at trade shows, the game disappeared from the public eye and was re-revealed for the PlayStation 4 in 2015 and subsequently released in 2016. Toward the end of development, Ueda was either let go or departed Sony and Team ICO, the studio essentially centered around him, and worked on the title as a consultant. He founded his current studio, genDesign, after exiting Sony.

Fortnite On Switch Removes Video Capture Function

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Fortnite On Switch Removes Video Capture Function

It hasn't been that long since Nintendo introduced the ability to record footage of your Switch games, limiting it to 30 second clips recorded by holding down the system's capture button. Not all games support the feature, but Epic's Fortnite is one of the biggest games to do so, until now.

In the recent 5.40.2 update for the game, the use of the capture button to record 30-second clips has been disabled to improve performance. This was confirmed by one of the game's community managers on the Nintendo Switch subreddit.

"You may have noticed we've disabled the Video Capture feature on Nintendo Switch as of the v5.40.2 client update," the post reads. "This was done for performance and stability reasons as we've been seeing a high rate of Out of Memory related crashes. Disabling this feature saves a significant amount of RAM while also having a positive effect on overall performance across the board."

Netflix Witcher Showrunner Leaves Social Media Amid Racial Casting Backlash

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Netflix Witcher Showrunner Leaves Social Media Amid Racial Casting Backlash

The Witcher on Netflix is proceeding ahead pretty smoothly, with Netflix announcing the other day that Superman and Mission: Impossible Fallout star Henry Cavill will be taking on the role of Geralt. Now other casting-related news has resulted in a wave of angry messages toward the showrunner, Lauren S. Hissrich, prompting her to abandon social media.

The controversy arose when an unconfirmed casting call for the show suggested that the casting director was looking for a non-white actress for Ciri, Geralt's adopted daughter. In the Witcher games, she looks similar to Geralt in terms of skin tone, but the casting call is looking for someone that would likely look different from Henry Cavill.

Witcher fans, or people purporting to be Witcher fans, called out Hissrich for trying to change the character's race in what is often portrayed as a primarily caucasian continent. Hissrich said in May that she would not change character backgrounds for the sake of diversity, but insisted that is not what's happening.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Can't Be Re-Released Without EA's Approval

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Can't Be Re-Released Without EA's Approval

A few days ago, it was announced that THQ Nordic has picked up the Kingdoms of Amalur property, a series produced by former pitcher Curt Schilling's now-defunct 38 Studios. The studio only produced one game in the series, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, an action RPG published under the EA Partners program and designed to set the stage for a MMORPG set in the same universe down the line.

When THQ Nordic grabbed the IP, most people assumed that meant an HD remaster of Reckoning, as has been the company's modus operandi with their IP excavations so far. It turns out it's not that simple, according to a quote from THQ Nordic to Eurogamer.

"At this stage we 'only' acquired the intellectual property," THQ Nordic told Eurogamer. "Given our track record, we know what the burning questions (remaster, remake, port to current-gen systems etc.) are, but we decided do [sic] not answer those specifically as we tend to put our heads together first and then do our homework, and only start to talk about anything once we feel confident and very familiar with the franchise."

Apple Has Announced A New Apple Watch And Three New Iphone X Variations

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Apple Has Announced A New Apple Watch And Three New Iphone X Variations

Apple's September keynote conference, an annual event to announce their new phones and wearable tech, took place earlier today.

The tech and lifestyle company has announced that the Series 4 of the Apple Watch, which has a 35% bigger screen by erasing more or less eliminating the bezel on the previous watch face. The new watch has a number of new features, like detecting when you fall over and prompting you to send an emergency SOS. It also has a number of expanded heart rate features, such being able to tell when your heartbeat is irregular and advise you to see a doctor.

The Series 4 Apple Watch orders will start on September 14.

Riot Taps Former Uber Executive To Help Reform Corporate Culture

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Riot Games has been the subject of a hurricane of controversy over the last month and a half. A report about a culture of toxicity and sexual harassment rocked the company, leading to a number of current and former employees speaking up about the emphasis on a "cultural fit" within the company and the harassment that trickled down from it. Recently, Riot promised to do better, and has made a highly visible hire to make progress toward that goal.

Francis Frei, a former executive at the rideshare service Uber and former Harvard Business School professor, has been tapped to join Riot. Frei was a strong driving force at both those organizations for diversity and inclusion, having been brought into Uber to help fix the company's reputation for contentious and often virulent corporate culture. Frei has been meeting with Riot's CEO and executives over the last few weeks to get an immediate jump on the problems within the League of Legends developer.

Riot recently let two high-profile employees go, at least one for violating a social media policy, after they publicly scolded the community for its reaction to an exclusively female and nonbinary panel at PAX West.

Alan Wake Could Return As A Live-Action Television Series

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Alan Wake Could Return As A Live-Action Television Series

Variety is reporting Remedy Entertainment's Alan Wake video game is being adapted into a live-action television series by Contradiction Films. Fans have long clamored for Remedy to create an Alan Wake sequel, but that possibility seems unlikely as the studio continues to focus on new intellectual properties like Control and Quantum Break. Perhaps fans will get the closure they want from Alan Wake's narrative in the television series.

Contradiction Films has contracted Peter Calloway to be Alan Wake's showrunner and writer. Calloway has worked in television for almost a decade on a number of successful series, including Brothers & Sisters, Legion, and most recently Cloak & Dagger. Sam Lake, the writer of the Alan Wake games, has signed on as the show's executive producer. Contradiction Films plans to shop the show in October to various television studios and networks, hoping to land a partner that will air it.

“The story of the original game is our starting point, the seed which will grow into the bigger story we’re exploring in the show,” Lake told Variety. “We’ll be expanding the lore of this crazy and dark universe and diving deeper into certain aspects of it than the game ever did.”

Postponed Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow

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Postponed Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow

Last week, Nintendo postponed its scheduled Sept. 6 Nintendo Direct, following an earthquake in Hokkaido.  Today, the company has announced that the 35-minute broadcast will be streamed tomorrow.

The stream will begin tomorrow, Sept. 13., at 3 p.m. PT, and it will include details on upcoming games for the Switch and 3DS. You can watch it on Nintendo's site or its official YouTube channel. We'll have stories on the highlights, so come back here after the show if you can't watch it live.

Nintendo Switch Online Service Begins September 18

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Nintendo Switch Online Service Begins September 18

Nintendo has announced that the Switch's online service goes live on September 18. At that time all Nintendo Account holders can partake in a free seven-day trial.

More information will be delivered regarding the service via a Nintendo Direct presentation tomorrow, September 13.

PokéStop Nomination In Pokémon Go On The Way

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PokéStop Nomination In Pokémon Go On The Way

Niantic has started rollout of PokéStop nomination by trainers via a beta in Brazil and South Korea.

Eligible trainers (in the beta it's level 40 trainers, barring child accounts) must submit photographs and location descriptions for the potential stops, which are then reviewed by "experienced users" in the Ingress Operation Portal Recon project.

Niantic says that the program will expand to other countries in the future, but no specific dates have been announced.