Square Enix Teases Final Fantasy In Advance Of Sony's State Of Play Episode

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Square Enix Teases Final Fantasy In Advance Of Sony's State Of Play Episode

Tomorrow Sony is holding a 10-minute State of Play presentation that the PlayStation-maker says features the MediEvil remake and a first look at a new title.

We don't know what that new title is yet, but Siliconera has found some interesting tweets that could point to something Final Fantasy VII related from Square Enix.

It starts with Square Enix executive Shinji Hashimoto tweeting about Sony's State of Play episode, which is followed by the official Final Fantasy Twitter account posting a picture of Cloud visiting a chocobo farm in Final Fantasy VII, and then a chocobo poll.

Battlefield V Granting The Ability To Make Your Own Private Games

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Battlefield V Granting The Ability To Make Your Own Private Games

Battlefield V has steadily been keeping its base of players and hoping to revitalize new ones as time goes on, which seems to be working. The release of Firestorm, Battlefield V's take on the battle royale mode, is apparently the biggest event in terms of participation that the series has ever had, according to EA's earnings call, so that might be working. Another initiative appears to be a return of private servers, which DICE has announced will be coming soon.

The news comes courtesy of a Community Broadcast blog post, which doesn't equivocate. In bold letters at the top of the post, DICE writes "Yes, take this as your confirmation that RSP is coming to Battlefield V and work is already underway."

The plan, DICE says, is to roll out the initiative this summer. While in previous games, this was called the Rented Server Program, it is now being renamed as simply Private Games. There's probably a pretty good reason for this change, as DICE has indicated that the base level for the tools will be free. What that means in practice is an open question, but it sounds like a much more community-driven plan.

Devil May Cry On Switch Will Be An Eshop Release

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Devil May Cry On Switch Will Be An Eshop Release

Capcom announced yesterday that Devil May Cry, the action game that introduced the world to Dante the demon hunter, would be coming to Switch this summer. While it would be a good addition to the collection of fans of the series and anyone who has ever been curious about the origins of the modern character action game, that collection is going to have to live on your Switch account, as it looks to only be an eShop release.

The game's website, which updated to mention the upcoming Switch version today, makes no bones about it: "This product is only available as a download. There are no plans to release a physical edition."

Normally this wouldn't be particularly strange, as it is not surprising that an older port would only see an eShop release on a system with substantially more expensive physical media than its closest competitors. But it does sort of shine a light on Capcom's strange decision to take the game, which was re-released on the Devil May Cry HD Collection on both last-generation consoles and modern ones, and split it up. At least, presumably they are splitting them up and will eventually release Devil May Cry 3 on the system.

Apex Legends Will Be Coming To Mobile

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Apex Legends Will Be Coming To Mobile

During today's Electronics Arts earnings call, where the company spoke to investors about the past quarter as well as future plans, the publisher and developer of Apex Legends was more than happy to brag about the game's success. Among the bragging, however, EA mentioned plans to expand Apex Legends to more platforms than its current mobile platforms, following other big battle royale titles like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Going mobile is quite the obvious choice, especially considering it is now just commonly accepted as the next step of games as a service that can manage it. As Anthem falters a bit, with EA admitting that the launch did not meet their expectations, expanding Apex Legends out to mobile devices makes the most sense. As part of this approach, EA will also be launching Apex Legends in China, which is the other commonly accepted prong of this strategy.

Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell Says He Will Not Be In Mortal Kombat

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Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell Says He Will Not Be In Mortal Kombat

When Mortal Kombat 11 was datamined after the Switch release, players discovered what they assumed to be the names of the DLC characters in the game. One of these names, Ash, was presumed to be the main character from Evil Dead, played by Bruce Campbell. The chainsaw-armed protagonist has long been requested as a Mortal Kombat DLC character, especially with the Warner Bros. connection, but it doesn't appear to be on the table for now.

Bruce Campbell has come out on Twitter to say he is not a character in Mortal Kombat.

Consider this my finishing move against a certain internet rumor. pic.twitter.com/6vKPZvTfQu

Game Workers Union Calls For Testimonies From Quantic Dream Employees About Harassment

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Game Workers Union Calls For Testimonies From Quantic Dream Employees About Harassment

Over the last year or so, Quantic Dream has found itself in varying degrees of a defensive posture. French newspapers reported in 2018 that there was a toxic work culture at the narrative game studio that involved harassing employees, casual racism, and a generally uncomfortable work environment. Quantic Dream fought back against the accusation, though things have been relatively quiet since the studio and Sony threatened to sue the journalists that wrote the story.

Today, game developer union initiative Game Workers Unite joined with French union Solidaires Informatique to call for testimonies from employees past and present on the studio, specifically concerning the subject of predatory sexual behavior within Quantic Dream. Both unions say that they received complaints about predators in the company and ongoing issues with sexual harassment and are hoping to hear from other alleged victims by making a public call. 

"These offenses are extremely serious and are punishable by law, however they seem to be repeated with impunity for several years because of a strong omerta, this must stop," the Game Workers Unite statement reads. Omerta is a code of silence about criminal activity, usually to protect others.

The Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Digital Issue Is Now Live

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The Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Digital Issue Is Now Live

Hot off the record-smashing theatrical release of Avengers: Endgame, many of those same heroes and villains are gracing the cover of Game Informer. If you're a digital subscriber to our magazine, you can now learn new details about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live on web browsersiPad/iPhone and Android devices to subscribers. Individual issue will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Google PlayKindle, and Nook.

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Star Wars Movies To Alternate Release Years, Avatar Sequel Delayed

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Star Wars Movies To Alternate Release Years, Avatar Sequel Delayed

Disney recently suggested that, after this year's release of The Rise of Skywalker, the final film of the new trilogy, they wanted to take a small break from theatrical releases of movies with the popular license. Disney has now released a new movie schedule and, barring the things they plan to keep close to their chest for right now, we have a better idea of what exactly that hiatus will look like.

After this year's Star Wars movie, there won't be another one until 2022. After that, they'll release on alternate years, so one in 2024, then one in 2026. It is not clear if this is a new trilogy, but Disney has announced a number of other Star Wars projects and has other unannounced ones in various states of development, so it could be anything from Rian Johnson's announced trilogy to other spin-offs like they had once proposed.

In addition, Disney has pushed the Avatar sequel back to 2021, nearly 12 years after the first movie's release. Similarly, all the Avatar sequels have obviously been pushed back a few years to come after Avatar 2. All in all, there are three more Avatar movies waiting in the wings for release.

Why Supermassive Hasn't Made Until Dawn 2

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Why Supermassive Hasn't Made Until Dawn 2

We recently visited Supermassive Games at its studio in Guildford London for an exclusive look at Man of Medan, which you can read all about in our latest issue of the magazine. The first game in The Dark Pictures anthology, Man of Medan, launches this summer, and it takes a lot of inspiration from Until Dawn's mechanics. This left us talking a lot about Supermassive's former hit, and the team was candid about why, after doing an Until Dawn spin-off and prequel for PSVR, it was ready to try something new. 

Supermassive has heard the demands for an Until Dawn sequel, and while it wants to provide more of what that game did, it didn't want to go for the obvious sequel with its next big venture. "After Until Dawn, [many] started to request a sequel, and it still happens today, so we know there is a fanbase that likes this kind of thing," says CEO and executive producer Pete Samuels. "A lot of [creating the anthology] is about our desire to serve that fanbase from our perspective and to serve us ourselves in what we love to do, which is do more stories and characters, and do it more frequently than one or two every few years."

Dead Cells Is Going Mobile This Summer

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Dead Cells Is Going Mobile This Summer

Dead Cells is a fun game that you can already play on consoles and PC... but its audience will soon be getting even bigger. Developer Motion Twin and publisher Playdigious have announced a partnership to bring the game to mobile devices, starting with iPhone and iPad this summer. 

The new version has a revamped (and customizable) interface, MFi controller support, and no free-to-play mechanics. According to the press release, the game will come to iOS first, but it is also hitting Android "later."

Watch the trailer below to see the mobile version in action: