Starfield And The Elder Scrolls VI Will Not Be At E3 This Year

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Starfield And The Elder Scrolls VI Will Not Be At E3 This Year

At last year's E3 conference, Bethesda went ahead and announced two extremely far-off products in their development pipeline: the sci-fi game Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. While it has been debated exactly how early these games are, they at least appear to be early enough that they won't be talked about when Bethesda reconvenes in Los Angeles for E3 this year.

This has been confirmed by Todd Howard, director at Bethesda Games Studios, during a panel at PAX East today. Howard said neither game would be talked about in the coming show, presumably so Bethesda can focus on more upcoming titles like Doom Eternal and ongoing projects like the somewhat-released Elder Scrolls Blades. While Starfield is the next big game from Bethesda Games Studios on the docket, Bethesda has been fairly clear that The Elder Scrolls VI is significantly further off, and likely will not be on this generation of consoles.

Elder Scrolls fans did get one tidbit at the panel, however, as a single NPC was confirmed for The Elder Scrolls VI: Shirley Curry. The popular YouTuber is an 82-year-old grandmother who very gingerly plays Skyrim on the internet for fans across the world. Said fans petitioned Bethesda to add Curry into the next game and they confirmed today that she's been added in.

Man Behind Fatal Swatting Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

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Man Behind Fatal Swatting Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

In 2017, Tyler Barriss made a false police report that set off a chain of events resulting in the death of Wichita, Kansas man Andrew Finch at the hands of police. Barriss, coaxed by two participants in a Call of Duty wager, called a SWAT team to an address one of the wagerers gave him, putting armed officers at Finch's door to kill him. Over the last year and a half, Barriss had been extradited to Kansas to stand trial, indicted on federal charges, and pleaded guilty. Today, he received his sentence, and will be imprisoned for 20 years.

Barriss was found guilty on 51 federal charges related to making false calls and threats, including the one that lead to Andrew Finch's death in 2017. The state of Kansas has dismissed their charges against Barriss on the basis that he is doing more time from the federal charges than he would be on the manslaughter charges in Kansas. It is unknown what the status of Barriss' charges for harassing a woman in Canada currently are or if officials intend to ask for extradition to stand trial. 

Man Behind Fatal Swatting Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

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Man Behind Fatal Swatting Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

In 2017, Tyler Barriss made a false police report that set off a chain of events resulting in the death of Wichita, Kansas man Andrew Finch at the hands of police. Barriss, coaxed by two participants in a Call of Duty wager, called a SWAT team to an address one of the wagerers gave him, putting armed officers at Finch's door to kill him. Over the last year and a half, Barriss had been extradited to Kansas to stand trial, indicted on federal charges, and pleaded guilty. Today, he received his sentence, and will be imprisoned for 20 years.

Barriss was found guilty on 51 federal charges related to making false calls and threats, including the one that lead to Andrew Finch's death in 2017. The state of Kansas has dismissed their charges against Barriss on the basis that he is doing more time from the federal charges than he would be on the manslaughter charges in Kansas. It is unknown what the status of Barriss' charges for harassing a woman in Canada currently are or if officials intend to ask for extradition to stand trial. 

Horror Anthology The Dark Pictures Gets New Developer Diary

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Horror Anthology The Dark Pictures Gets New Developer Diary

Supermassive Games, developers of the PlayStation 4 horror game Until Dawn, is working on an anthology series titled The Dark Pictures. The first episode, Man of Medan, is slated for release sometime in 2019, but to showcase some of what the team has been working on, there is a new developer diary to check out. It's only a few minutes long, but it dives into the work behind the boat's physics, and what went into capturing accurate audio out on the open ocean.

A huge amount of work went into not only recording all the audio of a boat in a storm, but also the animations of a character on a turbulent boat ride. Little is said about the actual narrative direction or characters, but you can see some glimpses of the game in action.

If you can't wait to see what the team has in store, take a look at the video. You can also watch the first dev diary on the game's sound design, or read our hands-on with the game.

Horror Anthology The Dark Pictures Gets New Developer Diary

about X hours ago from
Horror Anthology The Dark Pictures Gets New Developer Diary

Supermassive Games, developers of the PlayStation 4 horror game Until Dawn, is working on an anthology series titled The Dark Pictures. The first episode, Man of Medan, is slated for release sometime in 2019, but to showcase some of what the team has been working on, there is a new developer diary to check out. It's only a few minutes long, but it dives into the work behind the boat's physics, and what went into capturing accurate audio out on the open ocean.

A huge amount of work went into not only recording all the audio of a boat in a storm, but also the animations of a character on a turbulent boat ride. Little is said about the actual narrative direction or characters, but you can see some glimpses of the game in action.

If you can't wait to see what the team has in store, take a look at the video. You can also watch the first dev diary on the game's sound design, or read our hands-on with the game.

Anno 1800 Is The Latest Ubisoft Game To Switch To Epic's Store

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Anno 1800 Is The Latest Ubisoft Game To Switch To Epic's Store

Previously announced as a Steam game, Anno 1800, the city-building RTS set in, you guessed it, the year 1800, will be released exclusively on the Epic Games Store. This is yet another in a long string of recent high profile games jumping ship from Steam to Epic's fledgling game store. Ubisoft has recently made the switch for The Division 2, but it seems, supported by Epic's more generous earnings split, more and more studios are making the move.

While Bethesda games will apparently not be persuaded by this sudden paradigm shift, even the two most recent games on the cover of Game Informer, Control and Outer Worlds, as well as games like Metro Exodus and The Walking Dead, are converts.

For anyone that was interested in playing Anno 1800 on Steam, though, don't worry: Steam will still be accepting pre-orders for the game until its release on April 16. The game will continue to receive all updates and future content on the platform as well as being fully playable through the Steam client. It will just not be for sale starting on the game's release, where it will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store.

Anno 1800 Is The Latest Ubisoft Game To Switch To Epic's Store

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Anno 1800 Is The Latest Ubisoft Game To Switch To Epic's Store

Previously announced as a Steam game, Anno 1800, the city-building RTS set in, you guessed it, the year 1800, will be released exclusively on the Epic Games Store. This is yet another in a long string of recent high profile games jumping ship from Steam to Epic's fledgling game store. Ubisoft has recently made the switch for The Division 2, but it seems, supported by Epic's more generous earnings split, more and more studios are making the move.

While Bethesda games will apparently not be persuaded by this sudden paradigm shift, even the two most recent games on the cover of Game Informer, Control and Outer Worlds, as well as games like Metro Exodus and The Walking Dead, are converts.

For anyone that was interested in playing Anno 1800 on Steam, though, don't worry: Steam will still be accepting pre-orders for the game until its release on April 16. The game will continue to receive all updates and future content on the platform as well as being fully playable through the Steam client. It will just not be for sale starting on the game's release, where it will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store.

Hacker Steals 43,000 Files From Microsoft And Nintendo, Narrowly Avoids Prison

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Hacker Steals 43,000 Files From Microsoft And Nintendo, Narrowly Avoids Prison

Zammis Clark, a 24-year-old security research, avoided prison today after pleading guilty to a London Crown Court to hacking into and appropriating files from both Microsoft and Nintendo.

As The Verge reports, the former employee at internet security company Malwarebytes gained access to a Microsoft server in January 2017 and stole nearly 43,000 files related to unreleased versions of Windows. Later, he gave server access to other hackers around the world. Authorities finally caught Clark after he uploaded malware to Microsoft's network in June 2017, but accepted bail without any restrictions on his computer use.

Then, in March 2018, Clark hacked into Nintendo's confidential game developer servers and stole 2,365 usernames and passwords before Nintendo discovered the breach two months later.

Hacker Steals 43,000 Files From Microsoft And Nintendo, Narrowly Avoids Prison

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Hacker Steals 43,000 Files From Microsoft And Nintendo, Narrowly Avoids Prison

Zammis Clark, a 24-year-old security researcher, avoided prison today after pleading guilty to a London Crown Court to hacking into and appropriating files from both Microsoft and Nintendo.

As The Verge reports, the former employee at internet security company Malwarebytes gained access to a Microsoft server in January 2017 and stole nearly 43,000 files related to unreleased versions of Windows. Later, he gave server access to other hackers around the world. Authorities finally caught Clark after he uploaded malware to Microsoft's network in June 2017, but Clark was able to accept bail without any restrictions on his computer use.

Then, in March 2018, Clark hacked into Nintendo's confidential game developer servers and stole 2,365 usernames and passwords before Nintendo discovered the breach two months later.

The Elder Scrolls Blades Is Out... Sort Of

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The Elder Scrolls Blades Is Out... Sort Of

Today, Bethesda finally released The Elder Scrolls: Blades... kind of. The game's in early access on the iTunes and Google store but it's not just any kind of early access. It's more like a closed beta than anything else. The number of players who can actually play the game are limited to those who have signed up for the access (you can do so here) and even then it's not guaranteed you'll get a spot soon.

If you download the game, you'll be treated to a short intro sequence and combat tutorial before being booted out to a login screen for your Bethesda account. You can sign in, but it's here that you won't be able to progress if you haven't been accepted as part of the sign ups.

For more on Blades, be sure to check out our preview of it here.