Respawn Will Start Temp-Banning Apex Legends Players Who Piggyback In Matches

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Respawn Will Start Temp-Banning Apex Legends Players Who Piggyback In Matches

Have you ever worked on a group project in school with someone that just coasts the entire project but gets their equal share of the grade? Or maybe you were that person? Well, Respawn isn't a fan of that mentality of teamwork, something they emphasize quite heavily in Apex Legends, and are looking to start temp-banning for people who piggyback off their teammates' hard work.

Announced on their subreddit, the new policy is the result of feedback from the community about players who are joining matches and then just doing nothing to grind out experience. This isn't about people who are timid or bad, this is about people who just don't do anything.

"We had been seeing some feedback from players around this and have been doing some internal investigations looking at game data to understand how many of the matches being played are affected by this behavior," community manager Jay Frechette posted. "After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that behavior."

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Will Borrow From Dishonored's Open-Ended Structure

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood Will Borrow From Dishonored's Open-Ended Structure

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the next game in the venerated Nazi-killing game from Bethesda and MachineGames, though this one is getting a little help from other Bethesda studio Arkane games. Arkane is likely best known for their Dishonored series, the stealth action semi-open world games, and they seem to be bringing some of that know-how to Wolfenstein.

In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, Youngblood's executive producer Jerk Gustafsson talked a little bit about the more non-linear structure they're aiming for with the new game.

“I think players will see a lot of similarities to level design in the Dishonored games, so in that sense it can be a little bit different as an experience but it can be for the benefit of the game, especially when it comes to finding different ways of approaching a combat scenario or a mission in general," Gustafsson said.

The Final Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 Character May Have Been Accidentally Spilled

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The Final Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 Character May Have Been Accidentally Spilled

We are already deep into season two of Dragon Ball FighterZ's DLC, with announced characters like Videl, Broly, and the already-released Dragon Ball GT Goku in the second season. Curiously, Bandai Namco has held back on announcing the final character for the season so far, but it might been accidentally leaked thanks to Microsoft.

During a recent episode of This Week on Xbox, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb talks about new Dragon Ball FighterZ content. He refers to new skins, though it is not clear what that means, but he likely means characters for download as he mentions Dragon Ball GT Goku first. Then, curiously, he says Janemba, the villain from the 1995 Dragon Ball Z movie Fusion Reborn.

You can hear him say this in the video below at the 3:20.

Granblue Fantasy Versus Introduces New Character Ladiva

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Granblue Fantasy Versus Introduces New Character Ladiva

Granblue Fantasy Versus, the newest fighting game from Arc System Works, has been steadily adding new characters since the game's announcement. Now Cygames and ArcSys have announced the newest character, the out-of-left field wrestler Ladiva joins the roster.

The newest trailer for Granblue Fantasy Versus shows off all the introduced characters so far and ends with Ladiva showing off her wrestling moves. Check out the trailer below.

Granblue Fantasy Versus is scheduled to release in 2019 on PlayStation 4.

Horror Manga Creator Junji Ito Speaks About His Involvement With Cancelled Silent Hills Game

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Horror Manga Creator Junji Ito Speaks About His Involvement With Cancelled Silent Hills Game

When P.T. was announced as Silent Hills way back in 2014, it was revealed to be a dream team of Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro, and horror manga writer and artist Junji Ito, who is best known for short works like Uzumaki and The Enigma of Amigara Fault. The game was cancelled when the relationship between Kojima and Konami deteriorated and the latter mostly got out of AAA game development, leaving this dream team scattered to the winds. While del Toro has been fairly outspoken about the project and its cancellation, and Kojima is obviously out working on Death Stranding, Ito has never really talked about the project and his role in it.

It turns out that's partly because his role in it never really began.

Speaking at the Toronto Comics Art Festival, Ito was asked about his role on the game and how he first got involved with it. Thanks to Twitter user @MinovskyArticle for transcribing the answers.

Free Trial Of Monster Hunter World Now On PS4

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Free Trial Of Monster Hunter World Now On PS4

Capcom has had a pretty good week for Monster Hunter World news. Not only is it their best selling game ever, but they also detailed the upcoming Iceborne expansion. Excitement for Monster Hunter World is probably at the highest point since release, so it makes sense to scoop up those who might have some interest but have yet to take the plunge. Thus comes Monster Hunter World's free trial on PlayStation 4 for players to try out for the next ten days.

The free trial lasts until May 20 and lets players take on up to three star quests, completely customize their own character, and go on expeditions in both the Ancient Forest an the Wildspire Wastes. You can also play online with people who have the free trial or the full game, as well as take that save file into the game should you decide to keep playing.

Monster Hunter World's Iceborne expansion will be releasing on consoles on September 6. It will come in two variations: you can grab just the expansion if you already own the main game or get a bundle with both. Presumably save data from this demo will work with that version just as well.

Starbreeze Unlikely To Last Another 12 Months

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Starbreeze Unlikely To Last Another 12 Months

Starbreeze's ups and downs have been veering toward the latter far more often than the former in the last year. After Overkill's The Walking Dead failed to impress, Skybound pulled out of the licensing deal from the game and stopped selling it, the CEO stepped down among these struggles, and Starbreeze sold back their publishing rights to System Shock 3 to the developer. Now it appears that Starbreeze might not be long for this world as cash flow isn't there to support it for much longer.

The grim news comes from a quarterly shareholder report, where Starbreeze informed investors that they do not expect to last out more than 12 months at the current pace. It does get a little weird with the System Shock 3 sales, as OtherSide entertainment is expected return the $7 million approximate investment Starbreeze put into the game at some point, but it is not clear when.

This isn't necessarily a death sentence for the company, though. They are still evaluating their options and Payday, the multiplayer heist series, still does fairly well for them. Restructuring around that game and its monetization might still be an option.

Easter Eggs Connect Days Gone To Syphon Filter

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Easter Eggs Connect Days Gone To Syphon Filter

Sony Bend Studios' Days Gone has been scratching the open-world zombie itch for a lot of gamers recently, but if you're a Syphon Filter fan, you have even more reasons to be excited about the recent release.

The Syphon Filter series, debuted on the original PlayStation in 1999, and was a stealth, espionage game in the vein of Metal Gear. It seems very different from Days Gone, but it was actually developed by the same studio (then called Eidetic). Hardcore fans of the series might have already caught a few neat Easter Eggs in Days Gone linking the two games. As GamesRadar pointed out, Days Gone NERO troops look a lot like the Chemical and Biological Defense Command units from Syphon Filter. Also, after beating the game, you can craft a stun gun that looks like the one from Syphon Filter. All of which could be a nice homage to Sony Bend's heritage.

However, late in the game, you can find a report in the Cloverdale laboratory that actually names several characters and locations from the Syphon Filter series. Sony Bend definitely didn't advertise that Day's Gone took place in the same world as Syphon Filter, but it's pretty cool to see that the two games share a universe in the eyes of their developer. Check out the GamesRadar article for a more in-depth breakdown of these Easter Eggs.

Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of E3 2019

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Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of E3 2019

Every good journey has a roadmap and E3 is no exception. For the gaming media, E3 can be a golden opportunity to get all the best coverage we can and even help us plan out how we handle the rest of the year. As we're preparing for E3 here at the Game Informer offices, we want to help you prepare for the show, as well. Whether you're attending the show in Los Angeles or watching it all from home, we're here to help out with the information you need, both about the show and what we're doing during it.

Game Informer's Coverage Plans While we'll be on the show floor trying out as many games as reasonably can until scientists invent a way to add more hours in the day, we'll be rushing back to the website every day of the week to report back what we see, heard, felt, and experienced there. That means you'll get tons of written content on the website not just this week, but for the entire month. If you're looking for content more geared toward both audio and visual inclinations, we will be livestreaming the press conferences with commentary as they air. You can watch those on our Twitch or YouTube channels or on both at the same time for a stereo experience.

DeNA And The Pokémon Company Working On New Pokémon Mobile Game

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DeNA And The Pokémon Company Working On New Pokémon Mobile Game

One of the many constants of life is that The Pokémon Company is going to constantly produce Pokémon spinoffs, but it has been quite a while since they have introduced a new mobile game. Despite or perhaps because of the massive success of Pokémon Go, there hasn't been a wholly original new title from them or partners in a decent while. That looks to be changing in the near future.

At an investor's meeting in Japan yesterday, mobile game company DeNA announced last night that they are working with The Pokémon Company on a new mobile Pokémon title. The detail-free announcement didn't go far beyond that, except to say development on the game has begun. The announcement was posted by Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki. 

DeNA is also behind a number of Nintendo-collaborated mobile games, like Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. They also co-developed the upcoming Mario Kart Tour mobile title.