Bayonetta 3 Experimenting With New Kinds Of Development For Series

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Bayonetta 3 Experimenting With New Kinds Of Development For Series

It's been a while since Bayonetta 3 was first announced at the 2017 Game Awards, showing a short teaser trailer of Bayonetta seemingly beaten and defeated. In the time since, Nintendo has announced and will presumably release other PlatinumGames action titles like Astral Chain, with Bayonetta 3 nowhere to be seen. Even more concerning, Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto left PlatinumGames at the beginning of 2019 — while Hashimoto was never confirmed to be directing the third game, it was widely presumed he was at least involved with it, and his departure was certainly strange.

A recent interview with studio head Atsushi Inaba, however, might give us the first hints about something being slightly different with Bayonetta 3. In speaking with Video Games Chronicle, Inaba commented on the way the game's pacing and buildup were different from the previous two games' development.

"With Bayonetta 1 and 2 we had basically an orthodox development process, at least for us," he told the outlet in an interview. “We did stage one, then stage two, then stage three and built up the drama and the pacing chronologically. For Bayonetta 3, we can say that we learned enough from making the past two games to change our process in a way that’s different to what I just described."

Child Of Light Sequel Currently Not In Production

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Child Of Light Sequel Currently Not In Production

Last year, when Ubisoft announced they would be porting their UbiArt 2D RPG Child of Light to Nintendo Switch, they also very pointedly teased a sequel to the game at the same time. The very blatant tease showed a piece of paper outright saying "Child of Light II" hidden behind a Nintendo Switch, indicating that a sequel was in or near production. Unfortunately, it seems like the piece of paper is all that exists of said sequel, as the creative director Patrick Plourde doesn't believe Ubisoft wants to make a game that isn't a service.

Speaking to Video Games Chronicle in an extensive interview, Plourde admitted that the game isn't being made right now, even though he very much would like to change that.

"I don’t know if there’s a Child of Light 2 that is in production, Ubisoft is big, but I’m not working on it,” Plourde told VGC. "Right now, I don’t think there’s a Child of Light 2 being produced…I’m not holding my breath." Plourde explained that he thinks Ubisoft's announced plans to adapt the game to a TV series might be helpful for sequel plans, but he hasn't heard anything yet.

Free Comic Book Day Is Tomorrow

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Free Comic Book Day Is Tomorrow

Free Comic Book Day is an annualized event that takes place on the first Saturday of May. True to its name, this event gives people free comic books – dozens of them from most of the leading publishers. All you have to do is head to a local comic book store and ask where the free comic books are. You'll want to go early, as this event has been popular in years past, and some of the free books go quickly.

Some of these comics are meant to be one-off stories that people can read and not feel the need to run out to get the next issue, but some publishers offer stories that lead into big events or give you a chance to read from the beginning of a series with hopes that you'll continue on. The hope is you'll walk away with plenty to read and a new (or renewed) appreciation for this storytelling media.

Here's a list of all the comics you'll be able to grab tomorrow:

The New Call Of Duty Will Be Revealed Before The End Of June

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The New Call Of Duty Will Be Revealed Before The End Of June

Another year, another Call of Duty. Infinity Ward (the developers of the original Call Of Duty as well as Modern Warfare, Ghosts, and Infinite Warfare) has been developing this one. As for what the new game entails, whether it's a Modern Warfare sequel or another offshoot, we don't know. However, according to Activision, we'll be finding out rather soon.

The publisher revealed during its earnings call that it plans to reveal more about this year's title "sometime during this [fiscal] quarter." That means that sometime before June 30. This points to a big info drop sometime before or during this year's E3.

For more on Call of Duty, check out our review of Black Ops 4.

Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward Expansion Is Free Until The End Of June

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Final Fantasy XIV's Heavensward Expansion Is Free Until The End Of June

There's few stories of death and rebirth in the MMO genre as compelling as Final Fantasy XIV. When the game first released, it crashed and burned, both critically and commercially. Square Enix was forced to tear the game down to its rivets and rebuild it as A Realm Reborn. Still, despite this turnaround, an MMORPG is only as good as its latest content, and Square Enix could have easily lost their audience with the first expansion titled Heavensward. Thankfully, they didn't, and you can see that for yourself.

If you own any non-Steam version of current Final Fantasy XIV, which means either PC or PlayStation 4, you can now download Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward for free. The PC version is free from Square Enix's online store as part of its Golden Week sale, celebrating the Japanese collection of holidays in early May. You do not need to own the base game to claim it for later, but you need to own it to play Heavensward. On PlayStation 4, you can get it from the PS Store, but you have to own Final Fantasy XIV before you can lay claim to it.

Peter Mayhew, The Original Actor For Chewbacca, Has Died

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Peter Mayhew, The Original Actor For Chewbacca, Has Died

Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for serving as the original Chewbacca in Star Wars, has died. Mayhew's family broke the news that the actor had passed away in his sleep at the age of 74 on April 30:

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u

In addition to playing the beloved Chewie in every Star Wars adaptation up until The Last Jedi (Finnish actor Joonas Suotamo took over the role), Mayhew was also a philanthropist whose organization, The Mayhew Foundation, has supported many international charity causes.

Sonic Movie Director Vows To Fix Hedgehog Design

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Sonic Movie Director Vows To Fix Hedgehog Design

The other day, Paramount and Sega finally showed off the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, a live-action/CG movie starring James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, and Jim Carrey. The reaction to the trailer was not...great. Besides all of the other extremely questionable choices about it, Sonic's design, which appeared to be like some kind of blue fur-person and less like a walking, talking cartoon character, raised a lot of concerns with fans.

Those concerns have been heard by the movie's director, Jeff Fowler. In a tweet, Fowler acknowledged the furor over the design and promised that they would make changes to it.

Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be... #sonicmovie #gottafixfast

Jon Bernthal Joins Ghost Recon: Wildlands For New Missions Today

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Jon Bernthal Joins Ghost Recon: Wildlands For New Missions Today

Ubisoft revealed today new missions for Ghost Recon Wildlands, their multiplayer squad-based shooter would be launching today and are bringing some start power with them. Titled Operation Oracle, the new missions set off a free weekend for the game and seemingly tease a new Ghost Recon game. Moreover, they also star Jon Bernthal, who played Shane on AMC’s The Walking Dead and the eponymous Punisher in the Netflix show.

Check out the live action trailer of Bernthal below.

Bernthal plays Ghost team leader Cole D. Walker, who Ubisoft points out is a bit of a loose cannon with his own agenda. The mission is fairly story-based and, as the blog post for the new content points out, "What you will discover here might very well set the scene for the future." It is very hard to interpret that as anything other than a tease for more new content or a new game.

Mysterious Left 4 Dead Video Appears On YouTube

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Mysterious Left 4 Dead Video Appears On YouTube

A year ago, game developer and Steam purveyor Valve, seemingly aware of their reputation more for the latter than the former, said that they were going to get back in the business of shipping games once again. At the time, it was clear that they meant things like their Dota 2 card game Artifact, which is going through its own problems, and likely games such as Campo Santo's In the Valley of the Gods, which Valve wholly acquired. 

A new video teaser that appeared on YouTube today, however, suggests that a new Left 4 Dead might be in the works.

To be clear from the get-go, it is not obvious whether this teaser is actually from Valve or if it is a fan-made animation. Valve has not claimed ownership, no one has claimed ownership. The account that uploaded the video, Clusterflu961, has uploaded nothing else. It was created on May 1, yesterday, and the name is possibly a reference to the flu from Left 4 Dead that incites the zombie apocalypse. The account was created in Canada, but the extent to which that means anything is probably not severe.

Learn All About The Brujah Clan In Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2

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Learn All About The Brujah Clan In Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2

One of the most surprising reveals of this year was that cult classic Vampire: The Masquerade —Bloodlines is getting a sequel nearly 15 years after its release. Today, publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Hardsuit Labs gave us a rundown on the first playable class the pair are revealing: The Brujah.

The Brujah are quick, brutal vampires renowned for their pugilistic natures. In Bloodlines 2, players who select The Brujah clan will be able to progress along two different skill trees (called disciplines):  Potence and Celerity:

Fist of Caine - Deliver a devastating punch that turns walls into rubble and throws enemies through the air. Upgrades to Fist of Cain enhance the devastating effects even further.