Level-5 Teases Large-Scale RPG Set In The Modern Day

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Level-5 Teases Large-Scale RPG Set In The Modern Day

Level-5's latest RPG adventure, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, is a fun romp taking place in a mystical kingdom reminiscent of classic storybook tales. For what could be its next big project, Level-5 is getting its head out of the clouds and coming back down to Earth.

Speaking to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada as part of an interview series at 4Gamer, Level-5 president and CEO Akirhiro Hino discussed its plans for its 20th anniversary, which includes making a huge RPG set in the modern day.

Discussing the company's previous MMO, True Fantasy Live Online, Harada asks Hino if they'd ever do something like it again. "We do have an idea. I’m not sure if we can call it an MMORPG or not, but [we] plan to make a big title on the same scale as one," Hino said." To honor its 20th year, the company wants to make something it's passionate about, and for them, it means moving away from fantasy. "The game we’re preparing won’t be fantasy but rather ‘modern day.'”

PUBG Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Footage Of New Map

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PUBG Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Footage Of New Map

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is one-year old this week (counting its Early Access period), and the developers behind it celebrated it with thank-you video showcasing a new map.

In the midst of thanking players for making PUBG one of the biggest games in the world and their honest (sometimes brutal) feedback, Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene and CEO and Executive Producer of PUBG Corp Chang Han Kim showed off some quick footage of the newest map.

The new map is much smaller than previous ones, clocking at 4x4 kilometers instead of the usual 8x8. The map features a more tropical, forested look, with straw huts replacing some of the usual architecture. But don't worry: It still hosts all the same guns and murder you're used to.

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Team Helming New Street Fighter TV Series

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Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Team Helming New Street Fighter TV Series

TV and film production company Entertainment One and Capcom are partnering up to produce a live-action Street Fighter TV series, and the team behind it actually has solid credentials when it comes to producing live-action Street Fighter series.

A couple of years ago Joey Ansah, Jacquelin Quella, and Mark Wooding released Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, a live-action adaptation of Street Fighter that was, for once, well-received by fans and became a hit on Youtube. According to Deadline, that's the team behind the new TV series, along with Entertainment One, which has helped produce films in the Insidious film series, as well as TV shows like Hell on Wheels, Growing Up Hip Hop, and Chopped Canada.

“After a long search, guided by the team behind Assassin’s Fist, we are delighted to be partnering with a company with the outstanding TV experience of Mark Gordon and eOne," said longtime Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono. "They have the credentials to help us launch a faithful adaptation of Street Fighter as a major TV series."

Get A Free Ticket To Hitman's Sapienza This Weekend

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Get A Free Ticket To Hitman's Sapienza This Weekend

IO Interactive is offering a would-be assassins a chance to explore one of Hitman's enormous levels for free this weekend.

Although fellow Game Informer editor Jeff Marchiafava was lukewarm on the game as a whole, the Spring Pack includes the story mission from the main campaign that takes place in the Sapienza level, as well as all the escalation, featured contract, and challenges. Players will also have access to any elusive target that has been reactivated. So if you're looking to try the game for yourself, this is a great place to jump in. 

The pack is available this weekend on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

What To Watch This Weekend: Street Fighter V, Rainbow Six Siege, And PUBG

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What To Watch This Weekend: Street Fighter V, Rainbow Six Siege, And PUBG

This week has a ton of stuff going on. Between majors in both the FGC and Smash community, a Dota major, and PUBG, you have a lot of things to keep an eye on and choose from.

You can watch some rapid-fire Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action this week in Budapest, Hungary as premiere teams face off at the V4 Future Sports Festival. (Stream)

If you need to take a break from playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to watch it instead, catch the PGL Invitational to see where the pros drop onto the island. (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior – To Claim Back The Throne

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Weekend Warrior – To Claim Back The Throne

With doubt surrounding the Ni No Kuni sequel, a few of us have taken kindly to its positive reception and are going to delve into this whimsical, Ghibli-esque adventure this weekend. With Brigitte's addition to Overwatch, some of us are going to see if Reinhardt's squire is up to snuff in the meta. What are you going to conquer this weekend? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Jon Bowman (@MrGameAndWrite) – I’ll be playing The Show, assuming the early access period for those who pre-ordered it is actually real. Also, this might be the weekend that I finally try out Warframe. I’ve finally begun to notice a gaping hole in my life since I hit the wall with Destiny 2 a while back. I need some sci-fi shooting in my life, and I think I’m ready to get back out there and find that game.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – This weekend I’ve convinced myself that I’ll get into Ni No Kuni II. I’ve tried 3,000 times to play and get into JRPGs as much as when I was a kid and have had a tough time. Maybe this one though, maybe this one. Other than that, I hope to find time to play A Way Out with a buddy. Have a good weekend!

EA Is Hiring For An Open-World Star Wars Game

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EA Is Hiring For An Open-World Star Wars Game

A new job posting is connecting the dots on EA's plans in a galaxy far, far away.

The job listing, which is posted on the company's internal jobs board, calls for a lead online engineer to "lead a team to deliver online features for a Star Wars open-world project." The listing says the role will help "ensure designs will maintain high-traffic services for multi-platform games," suggesting the title will come to multiple systems.

While plenty of job listings for prospective projects come and go in the video game industry, this one is listed under EA Vancouver, which syncs up nicely with last October's news that EA was shutting down Visceral Games and taking the developer's single-player Star Wars title in a new direction. At that time, EA's Patrick Söderlund stated that part of reason for the shift was to "deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come..." EA announced it was moving the project to EA Vancouver, so an online-focused, open-world Star Wars game certainly fits the bill for something that players can keep returning to.

You Can Now Watch SonicFox And Go1's Dragon Ball FighterZ Rematch

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You Can Now Watch SonicFox And Go1's Dragon Ball FighterZ Rematch

Earlier this month, G.I.'s esports expert Suriel Vazquez gave fighting fans a thorough rundown of an epic head-to-head matchup: Dominique "SonicFox" Mclean, an American fighting game player who sits atop the ranks of Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat X, and Skullgirls, took on Japan's top anime fighting game competitor Kishida "Go1" Goichi. Both players are at the top of Dragon Ball FighterZ's rankings in their respective countries, and the preamble to their first match included a fair share of trash talk. As Suriel reported, Goichi beat Mclean handedly ending the showdown with a 10-4 win record. After the tournament, however, Mclean tweeted that he can do better.

Mclean got his second chance last night at the grand opening of Las Vegas' new Esports Arena. Located at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, the opening featured a number of high-profile competitions, including Mclean and Goichi's best-of-10 showdown.

In the interest of spoilers, we're not going to tell you how their rematch fared, but you can watch it for yourself in the video below! The first match begins at 41:40 (there's a lengthy pre-amble featuring the competitors before that), and continues on in part two and part three.

Become Colonel Sanders In This Bizarre KFC And PUBG Promo

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Become Colonel Sanders In This Bizarre KFC And PUBG Promo

"Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner." The coveted words of victory in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is an admittedly odd saying to find in the battle royale title, but Twitch is taking the expression more literally this weekend by partnering with KFC. From March 24 to 25, streamers SacrielSequishaAnthony Kongphan, and Dr. Lupo will be streaming PUBG and viewers will have the chance to use a special KFC emote. Whenever one of the streamers claims victory in a match and the emote is used, everyone will be entered into winning $5 gift cards for the fast food chain. Randomly selected participants will also get the chance to win items depicted in the image above, ranging from a "survival spork" to a Colonel Sanders-themed Ghillie suit. The latter consists of a bright white color with a black bowtie, which we have no doubt will blend in magnificently in the wild.

In the meantime, check out our recent debate discussing the pros and cons of battle royale kings Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite.

[Source: RollingStone]

Why Digital Extremes Removed An "Insanely Profitable" Microtransaction From Warframe

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Warframe has earned a reputation as on of the better free-to-play multiplayer games, both in terms of the quality of the game itself and its healthy relationship to microtransactions. After hearing how developer Digital Extremes handled a lucrative but unintended microtransaction, that reputation for the latter continues to grow.

In the final part of Danny O'Dwyer's documentary on Warframe, he speaks to Digital Extremes general manager Sheldon Carter about Kubrows, dog-like creatures that were virtual pets and could accompany players on missions. When Kubrows were first introduced into Warframe, there was an option for players to spend a premium currency called Platinum to change the color of your Kubrow. In a story picked up by , Carter goes into detail about the decision to remove that transaction from the game, in spite of its success.