Report: Infinity Ward and Respawn Co-Founder Jason West Hired By Epic Games

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Report: Infinity Ward and Respawn Co-Founder Jason West Hired By Epic Games

Jason West has had an impressive career. As a co-founder of Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, he's helped shape and define popular series such as Call of Duty and Titanfall. 

After a string of legal battles after a fallout with Activision, West joined Vince Zampella in forming Respawn Entertainment back in 2010. The studio is best known for Titanfall and, more recently, Apex Legends. West stepped away from Respawn back in 2013, retiring due to family issues

It seems West has come out of retirement to join Epic Games. The news comes via Geoff Keighley, best known as the mastermind and presenter of The Game Awards. Keighley is very well connected in the industry, so it's likely to be the case. Keighley dropped the news on Twitter, saying West was hired "quietly" by Epic Games. 

Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

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Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration is currently underway in Chicago's McCormick Place convention center. If there really is Star Wars fatigue, it isn't here. This place is packed with fans decked out in Star Wars gear who are eager to find out what the future holds and want to celebrate the past.

When the doors opened at 1 p.m., people immediately formed lines for the exclusive items you can only get at the show. The official Star Wars shop has a line so long that I couldn't find its end; it just kept snaking around corners. Hasbro also has a sizable line filled with people waiting to buy Darth Maul and Obi-Wan action figures.

Today's focus is mostly on shopping, photo ops, and autographs. Although twice as many people are expected each day through the weekend, the fun stuff begins tomorrow. Episode IX's panel kicks off at 11 a.m., hopefully giving us our first look and a title. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is Saturday. The Mandalorian gets its own time in the spotlight on Sunday.

The Next Jump Force DLC Character Is All Might

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The Next Jump Force DLC Character Is All Might

Jump Force's DLC is still coming fast and furious. We got the announcement of Seto Kaiba, Yugi Moto's rival and overall jerk, just a few weeks ago. Now Bandai Namco has revealed the second DLC character, My Hero Academia's All Might, the world's number one superhero.

"It's fine now. Why? Because I am here!" All Might will soon join JUMP FORCE!
Get ready to Unite to Fight with him to defend Earth. Order the Character Pass today: https://t.co/tpmTsX45av pic.twitter.com/pnNN9ysRZ8

A few months ago, a Jump Force season pass leak was supposedly datamined and released onto the internet. The leak included announced characters like Seto Kaiba and All Might, but also had names like Grimmjow, Trafalagar Law, Madara Uchiha, and more. It seems more and more likely that the leaked list is turning out to be true.

Disney+ Is Coming To Consoles

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Disney+ Is Coming To Consoles

Disney has announced that Disney+, their paid subscription service, will be coming to pretty much every device under the sun. That obviously includes TV streaming services like Chromecasts and Apple TVs, but it also means that gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and surprisingly the Switch are also announced to get the service. PlayStation 4 is confirmed, with Disney hoping to get the other consoles solidified by launch.

Disney+ will be the destination for all Disney content in the future as the megacorporation pulls away from services like Netflix in order to keep all the potential profits for the content for themselves. The news was announced in a Disney Investor stream, which showed images of the many devices that would support it.

It's another curious addition to the Switch, which still lacks Netflix, something Nintendo has ascribed to wanting to keep the hybrid console focused on video games. This is despite apps like Hulu and YouTube already being on there for quite a long time, suggesting Nintendo and Netflix are not agreeing on some aspect of the app's presence on the system.

Nepal Bans PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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Nepal Bans PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Just the other day, Prince Harry of the United Kingdom made a loose call to ban Fortnite for what he described as being overly addictive and family-ruining. It was just an open speech to the YMCA and not an actual process to ban the game from the country. Well, Nepal wants you to hold their beer, as Reuters reports that the country has banned PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for roughly the same reason.

"We have ordered the ban on PUBG because it is addictive to children and teenagers," Sandip Adhikari, deputy director at  the nation’s telecoms regulator Nepal Telecommunications Authority told Reuters according to their report.

The investigation came about due to a request from the Nepalese government to the NTA to look into whether people were getting addicted to the game. The agency decided that people are getting addicted to the game and that the best course of action was to keep it from being bought, sold, or played within the Himalayan nation. It is important to note that no actual incidents involving the game were reported, but parents were concerned their children were playing too much.

Rockstar Drops Lawsuit Against Pinkertons

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Rockstar Drops Lawsuit Against Pinkertons

You may remember a few months ago that the Pinkertons, the foils of many a period piece and modern day detective agency, took umbrage with their inclusion in Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption II. The organization infamously sent a cease and desist to Rockstar and Take-Two to remove their presence in the game and stop selling Red Dead Redemption II, which is something they were never going to do.

In response, Rockstar and Take-Two kind of preemptively counter-sued the Pinkertons and insisted the historical nature of the game made the use of the Pinkertons fall into fair use. Both sides were fairly entrenched, but the counter-suit (which was actually the first lawsuit filed) has now officially been dropped.

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Amazon Posts Concept Art Of Respawn's Star Wars Game Early

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Amazon Posts Concept Art Of Respawn's Star Wars Game Early

As we patiently sit and wait for Jedi: Fallen Order to be revealed this Satuday, it is taking a lot to not want all the information about the game right now. While the title is still officially unrevealed until this weekend, Amazon has accidentally posted a t-shirt design with references to the game's poster having been revealed. It hasn't, so Amazon hit the live button a little early.

[SW games EA-era] 1st concept art from Jedi: Fallen Order by @Respawn pic.twitter.com/WFyCkCngOk

The poster doesn't really show much beyond what you'd expect. There's a Jedi, they have a lightsaber, and a crashed starship appears in the background. It looks like it might be the front piece of a Star Destroyer but it's a little hard to tell. There also appears to be a side droid with the Jedi that looks a lot like Metal Gear Mk. II.

Focus Home Interactive Announces Partnership Deals With Sumo Digital, Deck13, And More

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Focus Home Interactive Announces Partnership Deals With Sumo Digital, Deck13, And More

Yesterday, we reported on Focus Home Interactive inking a new deal with Life is Strange developer Dontnod, but the French publisher apparently had a number of other partnerships to announce at their annual Paris event. In addition to their renewed partnerships with Dontnod, Deck13, Saber Interactive, and Asobo, Focus is also partnering with a number of new studios, as well.

Sumo Digital, developers behind games like Crackdown 3, Snake Pass, and the in-development Team Sonic Racing, has signed a publishing deal with Focus, though it is not clear if it is for one of Sumo's indie games or something new. It will specifically be Sumo Newcastle, a newly-acquired studio that previously worked on Eve: Valkryie. Focus has also signed new deals with Limestone, Lightbulb Crew, and Gasket Games.

As for Dontnod, it does not appear that their next game will be a follow up to the million-selling Vampyr. While there's only an image to go off, which you can see at the top of the story, it looks to be a different tone and environment from what Vampyr treaded in.

Report: Octopath Traveler Heading To PC In June

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Report: Octopath Traveler Heading To PC In June

Octopath Traveler, the throwback Switch-exclusive Square Enix RPG, showed up on the Korean Ratings Board earlier this week implying that that the game was being ported to PC. The Korean Ratings Board is a pretty consistent source for leaks related to ports, but a new piece of evidence more or less locks in Octopath Traveler's new platform.

According to a report from Gematsu, Square Enix posted a blog on its site announcing Octopath Traveler will be available on June 7 by way of Steam and the Square Enix Store. The blog was pulled down shortly after publication, though, so Octopath's PC release should still be considered a rumor. An admittedly strong rumor, but a rumor none-the-less.

For our review of the Switch version of Octopath Traveler, head here.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Sells Two Million Copies In 10 Days

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Sells Two Million Copies In 10 Days

Activision and From Software have announced this morning that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sold more than two-million copies in 10 days. VP of product management and marketing at Activision Michelle Fonseca specifically cited the PC version of the game writing, "The game has performed well on all platforms including PC and we’re excited by the continued support from gamers and critics alike," in the press release announcing the game's sales.

For our review of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, head here.

Our TakeI particularly like Sekiro, especially compared to From Software's other games, so I am glad to see it doing well. The question now is, does From roll into Sekiro 2? Or has it already started on Bloodborne 2 or Dark Souls 4? Or maybe it is tackling something completely new? I'm curious to see what is next and whether it will be sticking with Activision as a publisher.