Ubisoft CEO Believes That There Would Be Too Much Pressure On A New Splinter Cell

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Ubisoft CEO Believes That There Would Be Too Much Pressure On A New Splinter Cell

Ubisoft is no stranger to keeping franchises alive as long as they make sense. While it would be nice to get a new Prince of Persia or something like it, games like Rayman Origins and Beyond Good & Evil 2 show that nothing is ever completely off the table at Ubisoft. Still, with as much smoke as there has been about Splinter Cell returning, by both Ubisoft and by potential leaks, it is weird that Sam Fisher is still out in the dark. One problem, apparently, is that Ubisoft isn't quite sure what to do with a new Splinter Cell game.

In an interview with IGN, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confessed that fans have a lot of expectations for what the game can and should be and Ubisoft's developers have some anxiety about meeting those expectations. It's been a while since players last took control of Sam Fisher and the game industry has changed quite a bit in that time.

"When you create a game, you have to make sure you will come with something that will be different enough from what you did before," Guillemot told IGN. "The last time we did a Splinter Cell, we had lots of pressure from all the fans saying don't change it, don't do this, don't do that, so some of the teams were more anxious to work on the brand."

U.S. Politician Banned From Eve Online After Corruption Scandal

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U.S. Politician Banned From Eve Online After Corruption Scandal

People in Eve Online take the game very seriously. There's shifts depending on time zone, corporate espionage, wars that are waged based on when a company's leaders are asleep, and now corruption and subsequent bans for them. While the idea of corruption is not new, the fact that it appears to be a U.S. politician at the other end of the ban this time around.

Brian Schoeneman once ran for a seat in the Virginia house of delegates in the 37th district in 2011. Schoeneman was uncontested in the primary and ran as a Republican, though ultimately lost in general election. But more relevantly, Schoeneman was living an online life as Brisc Rubal, intergalactic member of Council of Stellar Management (CSM), an elected position from which he has now been ousted.

The news comes from an actual post from Eve Online developers CCP on their website, explaining that Rubal has been removed for various transgressions, like breaking a non-disclosure agreement and using insider information for in-game profit. 

Marvel's Next Phase Of Movies Won't Include X-Men

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Marvel's Next Phase Of Movies Won't Include X-Men

With just a few short weeks until Avengers: Endgame releases in theaters, fans are already curious of what lies beyond the decade-long setup for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest event. Last year's Infinity War posed a lot of questions that Endgame is poised to answer, but what comes after that? Marvel has already confirmed Spider-Man: Far From Home will be hitting this July, but has been hesitant to talk about anything beyond that.

When talking to io9, Marvel Films chief Kevin Feige did say he didn't expect an X-Men movie integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase 4, which is intended to last five years. Now that Disney has acquired Fox, the acquisition brings the mutant characters back to Marvel, who have long been unable to regain the movie rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

"It’ll be a while," Feige told io9. "It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time."

Dead Or Alive 6 Gets Online Lobbies This Week

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Dead Or Alive 6 Gets Online Lobbies This Week

When Dead or Alive 6 released at the beginning of March, it did so without online lobbies, a feature that Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo promised would come within the following weeks. This meant that players could play ranked matches against strangers, but playing with friends wasn't possible except through random chance. That changes this week, as online lobbies finally come to the game.

Lobby Match update(1.03b) has been confirmed for April 11th for all platforms. Thank you for your patience and understanding. *Time will differ according to platform and region.#DOA6 #PS4 #Xone #Steam

It is a little surprising how long this patch has taken, especially considering Dead or Alive 6 was delayed for a few weeks into March in the first place. I've been waiting for the game to let me play with friends for a while now and was pretty disappointed they couldn't make March with it.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Premieres This Weekend

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Premieres This Weekend

Respawn Entertainment plans to give fans a first look at its new project during the Star Wars Celebration this weekend in Chicago. Although the reveal date – April 13 – was announced two months ago, the Star Wars Games twitter account provided a link to the EAStarWars stream that goes live this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Central. 

Don't stand out. #StarWarsJediFallenOrder pic.twitter.com/dQ8bg4bqyf

Last month, writer Chris Avellone tweeted that he wrapped up work on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, so, hopefully, a release date for the highly anticipated game will be unveiled as well. 

Gameinformer.com Roadmap: Dark Mode, Merch, and More

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Gameinformer.com Roadmap: Dark Mode, Merch, and More

When we announced the changes to gameinformer.com back in May 2018, we had to walk away from some features we loved, and more importantly, features our readers loved. We shut down user blogs, we lost the forums, switched to a new comment system, and removed the ability to view the site in dark mode. We had to take a step back, to take a step forward.

Hopefully, the new site (can I still call it new now?) has proven itself to be worth the losses. But as I said at the launch, we weren't done there, the new site was just a beginning. Over the last 10 months, we have been working on numerous projects, many that involve streamlining the back end, security, and site maintenance (thrilling we know), but also other projects that would improve the user experience.

The loudest request we got at the relaunch was that readers wanted dark mode/lights out. As gamers who live in the glow from our monitors, this feature shot quickly to the top of our list, and I am happy to announce the feature is finally up and running. (Editor's Note: At the bottom of this story, I will walk you through how to engage this mode). Because we wanted the experience to work across your devices and we didn't want it attached to a cookie, you are required to be logged in to use this feature. We are thrilled with the result and hope you are too.

God Of War Director Believes Accessibility Doesn't Change His Creative Vision

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God Of War Director Believes Accessibility Doesn't Change His Creative Vision

If you've been on the internet at all in the last few weeks, you may have become caught up in the discourse concerning easy modes and accessibility options and the distinction between the two and whether games need them or they whether some games do and some games don't. Whatever your position, the question of how game developers feel is a subset of that debate. 

During a Twitter exchange with Steven Spohn, the COO of Able Gamers, a charity whose description reads "improving the lives of gamers with disabilities utilizing the power of videogames," one gamer suggested that games are art and that necessitating accessibility options compromises the vision. In response, God of War director Cory Barlog chimed in to say that's not really the case for his games.

To me, accessibility does not exist in contradistinction to anyones creative vision but rather it is an essential aspect of any experience you wish to be enjoyed by the greatest number of humans as possible.
Sorry to all the Llamas

Fallout 76's Repair Kits Are The Game's First Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions

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Fallout 76's Repair Kits Are The Game's First Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions

Since before Fallout 76's launch, Bethesda was keen to remind people that there is no pay-to-win option in the game. Everything that could be purchased with real money, or rather the virtual currency Atoms which costs real money, would be cosmetic and not allow players who engaged in PvP to have any kind of advantages. That was until the game's most recent patch, which added a new item to the Atom shop.

Repair kits, which can be found out in the world through crafting, can now be purchased using Atoms. It's not exactly pay-to-win in that you aren't going to become king of the wasteland with a single purchase, but it does put you at an advantage to people who spend the now seemingly unnecessary time to get repair kits versus just buying them. It's a shortcut, but one that does break the promise Bethesda made at the outset.

A pinned thread on the game's subreddit about the subject asked players to sound off for 24 hours, at which point moderation had to limit it to the single thread of outrage. One user commented "Maybe it's just me but it feels like we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to keeping Bethesda in check. They've already demonstrated that they're far from scrupulous when it comes to the Atom Store i.e. fake sale prices, artificial scarcity with very short limited time availability etc. Sadly I don't see that changing any time soon."

Overwatch Archives Tease New Event, Possibly New Character

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Overwatch Archives Tease New Event, Possibly New Character

Every year, Blizzard answers the call for more lore for Overwatch with the Overwatch Archives event, a look into the past of the Overwatch team and other characters through designed missions and lore expansion throughout the month. It's that time again, as Blizzard has begun teasing this year's Overwatch Archive events, and it drops the name of a character who may get added to the game down the line.

Titled Storm Rising, the new event first started getting teased yesterday with a newspaper clipping on the main website that indicates goings-on in Havana, Cuba. Today, we got a new video that explores a bit deeper into an old mission to take down Doomfist by going through his accountant. Commander Morrison, also known later as Soldier 76, receives a message from a woman who informs him that a strike team being lead by Tracer consisting of her, Genji, Winston, and Mercy is being assembled for the mission. The woman then identifies herself as Sojourn and ends the missive.

> Accessing archived file...
Decryption status: IN PROGRESS
Target: Located pic.twitter.com/AUmV8LlUJc

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Will Have Edgy Elements, Says Jim Carrey

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Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Will Have Edgy Elements, Says Jim Carrey

At CinemaCon, the first previews for this December's Sonic the Hedgehog feature film were shown. Reports about them weren't great, but it also meant the cast was on hand to answer questions and help push the movie. This means Jim Carrey, who plays Dr. Robotnik/Dr. Eggman (it is unclear which name the movie is going with, but rumors suggest it will just be Dr. Robotnik), is out there talking about his role.

When speaking to IMDB, Carrey was asked about the tone of the movie, and suggests it's a little more than just a family-friendly film, even if that is the basis.

"We're playing to families, so you can't get too crazy," Carrey said. "But I made sure that there are some winks and nods, and edgy things that are still acceptable to both age groups." Carrey went on to describe Robotnik as "pure, unbridled evil."