Vicarious Visions Founders Sign Publishing Deal With EA

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Vicarious Visions Founders Sign Publishing Deal With EA

Vicarious Visions wasn't a big name in gaming, but over the course of 25 years, the studio worked on ports for franchises like Skylanders, Guitar Hero, and Destiny. The studio also developed the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for Activision. Back in 2016, Vicarious Visions' founders – brothers Guha and Karthik Bala – spun off a new company called Velan Studios, and the duo just signed a publishing deal with EA.

Velan Studios isn't ready to offer details on its current project, but its press release says that the game is a "new and entertaining way to experience team-based action," and EA will be bring this new IP to consoles, PC, and mobile platforms.

“In EA Partners, we found a team devoted to bringing breakthrough ideas to players everywhere," says Velan Studios president and co-founder Guha Bala. "They believe in our creative vision and will use their best-in-class resources to support the success of our game. We started Velan Studios to make community-centered play experiences that are daring and distinctive from what’s being played today. We can’t wait to share the details of our first original game in the future.”

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Is Free For PC, Today Only

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Is Free For PC, Today Only

This month marks 25 years since the birth of Bethesda's massively popular Elder Scrolls series, which began with The Elder Scrolls: Arena in 1994. To celebrate, the studio is giving away free copies of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind to PC players, but only today.

Bethesda recognizes this milestone with several other freebies: The Elder Scrolls Online will be free to play across all platforms from March 28 through April 4, and to tease its Elsweyr expansion, Bethesda is letting players try the DLC's prologue quest for free, beginning March 25.

Bethesda recently announced its plans for E3, where we suspect we might learn new information about its mysterious project Starfield. We predict we'll hear more about The Elder Scrolls: Blades, the company's stab at bringing its tentpole series to mobile, which was delayed to sometime this year.

Daedalic Announces The Lord Of The Rings – Gollum, New Narrative-Based Action-Adventure Game

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Daedalic Announces The Lord Of The Rings – Gollum, New Narrative-Based Action-Adventure Game

Since Peter Jackson's blockbuster film adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy series debuted at the turn of the century, fans have rarely had to wait for more than a few years between interactive experiences set in Middle-earth. That steady clip continues with a new partnership between Daedalic Entertainment and Middle-earth Enterprises. 

The Lord of the Rings – Gollum follows the story of Sméagol's corruption through the One Ring To Rule Them All. The narrative-driven action-adventure title promises to remain true to the original lore, but also will explore "new events and details related to Gollum's journey."

"We tell Gollum's story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien," says Daedalic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann. "At a time when the games industry is undergoing structural changes and seeing new business models evolve, we are excited to realize a huge new production based on a story that has stayed fresh and relevant for more than 60 years."

Nintendo To Release Two New Models Of The Switch

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Nintendo To Release Two New Models Of The Switch

For a while now, people have suspected that Nintendo would follow the model of the 3DS and release new versions of the Switch. According to The Wall Street Journal, it sounds like they won't have to wait long.

The outlet is reporting that two new models are on the way. One is supposedly a cheaper version of what's already out there with some features (like vibration) removed. The second model is supposedly an enhanced version of the Switch that's targeting "avid videogamers." Whatever those enhancements are it's not exactly clear.

The Wall Street Journal says that sources are expecting the device to be announced at E3 and then be released before Christmas.

Nintendo To Release Two New Models Of The Switch

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Nintendo To Release Two New Models Of The Switch

For a while now, people have suspected that Nintendo would follow the model of the 3DS and release new versions of the Switch. According to The Wall Street Journal, it sounds like they won't have to wait long.

The outlet is reporting that two new models are on the way. One is supposedly a cheaper version of what's already out there with some features (like vibration) removed. The second model is supposedly an enhanced version of the Switch that's targeting "avid videogamers." Whatever those enhancements are it's not exactly clear.

The Wall Street Journal says that sources are expecting the device to be announced at E3 and then be released before Christmas.

Watch 20 Minutes Of Gameplay From The System Shock Remake

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Watch 20 Minutes Of Gameplay From The System Shock Remake

Nightdive Studios has provided some new gameplay footage of its upcoming remake of System Shock, which shows off the first level of the game.

The video lasts around 21 minutes, demonstrating the Citadel station as well as puzzles, enemy encounters, and listening to audio logs. However, Nightdive mentions in the video description that the footage is far from finalized.

The System Shock remake had a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 and raised $1.3 million. The game is set to release some point next year.

Watch 20 Minutes Of Gameplay From The System Shock Remake

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Watch 20 Minutes Of Gameplay From The System Shock Remake

Nightdive Studios has provided some new gameplay footage of its upcoming remake of System Shock, which shows off the first level of the game.

The video lasts around 21 minutes, demonstrating the Citadel station as well as puzzles, enemy encounters, and listening to audio logs. However, Nightdive mentions in the video description that the footage is far from finalized.

The System Shock remake had a Kickstarter campaign in 2016 and raised $1.3 million. The game is set to release some point next year.

Did You Know Gaming Explores The Development Of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Did You Know Gaming Explores The Development Of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

From Software's newest IP, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, blends both new and old concepts from the famed developer. YouTube show Did You Know Gaming's newest video provides a deep dive on its development.

In the video below, you learn about what it was like for From Software to work with Activision, how the team created balanced tutorials, concepts that were cut (i.e. reading other players' messages like in Dark Souls), and how the grappling hook inspired vertically complex levels and more dynamic boss battles.

Read our review by heading here.

Did You Know Gaming Explores The Development Of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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Did You Know Gaming Explores The Development Of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

From Software's newest IP, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, blends both new and old concepts from the famed developer. YouTube show Did You Know Gaming's newest video provides a deep dive on its development.

In the video below, you learn about what it was like for From Software to work with Activision, how the team created balanced tutorials, concepts that were cut (i.e. reading other players messages like in Dark Souls), and how the grappling hook inspired vertically complex levels and more dynamic boss battles.

Read our review by heading here.

Netflix's Dad Of Light Is Becoming A Movie In Japan

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Netflix's Dad Of Light Is Becoming A Movie In Japan

Netflix's Dad Of Light is a heartfelt story inspired by real-life events about a son and his father rekindling their friendship by playing the MMO Final Fantasy XIV together. Now, it's getting it's own film.

The announcement was revealed at the Final Fantasy Fan Festival in Tokyo. The movie adaptation is coming to Japanese theaters without any word of distributing it internationally. Other than that, details remain slim.

We're pleased to announce a movie version of "Dad of Light" will be coming to theatres in Japan! #FFXIV pic.twitter.com/8GqBhS5YuT