Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

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Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

A few days ago, Final Fantasy X/X-2 owners on Steam were surprised to find an update come in for the now three-year-old PC version of the game. The update seemed to mostly, or even solely, add an always-online digital rights management requirement to the game which forced the title to phone home to servers for players to play it. Neither Final Fantasy X nor Final Fantasy X-2 had this in the prior three years they had been on Steam.

After some outcry, Square has very quietly acknowledged the problem and will fix it in the next update.

In a post on the Steam forums, the publisher didn't give any reasoning for the initial update, though couched it as kind of an unintended consequence rather than an intentional decision. It is hard to say whether or not that is actually the case, as there isn't a whole lot else the update did besides add the DRM. It's also very curious why Square Enix decided to do this in the first place, years after the game released. Perhaps they fear piracy on PC will take away sales from the upcoming Switch and Xbox One ports which is a very strange idea, especially to think it dramatic enough a problem to be actionable.

Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

about X hours ago from
Square Enix Added, And Is Now Removing, Always-Online DRM From Final Fantasy X On PC

A few days ago, Final Fantasy X/X-2 owners on Steam were surprised to find an update come in for the now three-year-old PC version of the game. The update seemed to mostly, or even solely, add an always-online digital rights management requirement to the game which forced the title to phone home to servers for players to play it. Neither Final Fantasy X nor Final Fantasy X-2 had this in the prior three years they had been on Steam.

After some outcry, Square has very quietly acknowledged the problem and will fix it in the next update.

In a post on the Steam forums, the publisher didn't give any reasoning for the initial update, though couched it as kind of an unintended consequence rather than an intentional decision. It is hard to say whether or not that is actually the case, as there isn't a whole lot else the update did besides add the DRM. It's also very curious why Square Enix decided to do this in the first place, years after the game released. Perhaps they fear piracy on PC will take away sales from the upcoming Switch and Xbox One ports which is a very strange idea, especially to think it dramatic enough a problem to be actionable.

You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

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You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

Cuphead wowed us with its 1930s-inspired, hand-drawn animation, and it's wowing us again in 3D with three new construction sets from McFarlane Toys.

The sets include Chaotic Casino, Devil's Throne, and Devious Dice and feature familiar characters like The Devil, King Dice, Mugman and, of course, the titular Cuphead. Not only can you build each character though, you can pose them, with each lil' guy having several articulation points.

The Chaotic Casino set is currently unavailable on Amazon, but there's still time to pre-order the other two sets, which both run for $15.99.

You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

about X hours ago from
You'll Want To Sell Your Soul To The Devil For These Cuphead Construction Sets

Cuphead wowed us with its 1930s-inspired, hand-drawn animation, and it's wowing us again in 3D with three new construction sets from McFarlane Toys.

The sets include Chaotic Casino, Devil's Throne, and Devious Dice and feature familiar characters like The Devil, King Dice, Mugman and, of course, the titular Cuphead. Not only can you build each character though, you can pose them, with each lil' guy having several articulation points.

The Chaotic Casino set is currently unavailable on Amazon, but there's still time to pre-order the other two sets, which both run for $15.99.

Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

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Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club Games, the developers behind the indie hit Shovel Knight as well as all its associated DLC and expansions, recently teased a new game showing a ninja standing over a Blade Runner-esque city. They quickly clarified that this is what they're dubbing as Yacht Club Publishing and people soon figured out that the game bore a striking resemblance to the already-announced Cyber Shadow from Machine Head Games.

Now, Yacht Club has confirmed they will be publishing the action platformer which itself bears a strong resemblance to Ninja Gaiden and looks to be the love letter to that genre that Shovel Knight was to its inspirations. You can check out the new trailer for it below.

It's extremely cool-looking and seems to evoke Ninja Gaiden without being beholden to everything that might make that game incredibly unfun to play in a modern context. It'll be interesting to see how Cyber Shadow stacks up against last year's Ninja Gaiden-like The Messenger, but they look like they're taking two different angles at the same idea.

Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

about X hours ago from
Indie Platformer Cyber Shadow Being Published By Yacht Club Games

Yacht Club Games, the developers behind the indie hit Shovel Knight as well as all its associated DLC and expansions, recently teased a new game showing a ninja standing over a Blade Runner-esque city. They quickly clarified that this is what they're dubbing as Yacht Club Publishing and people soon figured out that the game bore a striking resemblance to the already-announced Cyber Shadow from Mechanical Head Studios.

Now, Yacht Club has confirmed they will be publishing the action platformer which itself bears a strong resemblance to Ninja Gaiden and looks to be the love letter to that genre that Shovel Knight was to its inspirations. You can check out the new trailer for it below.

It's extremely cool-looking and seems to evoke Ninja Gaiden without being beholden to everything that might make that game incredibly unfun to play in a modern context. It'll be interesting to see how Cyber Shadow stacks up against last year's Ninja Gaiden-like The Messenger, but they look like they're taking two different angles at the same idea.

The Division 2's Tidal Basin Update Hits April 5

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The Division 2's Tidal Basin Update Hits April 5

Right now, Division 2 players who have played into the endgame are currently min-maxing gear, finishing the specialization progressions, tracking down the elusive hunters, and praying like hell they get one of the exotic weapons to drop. Come April 5, they will have a new threat to deal with

On that date, the showdown with the Black Tusk faction that invaded Washington D.C. at the end of the campaign will be upon us, opening up a new stronghold mission. Capturing that stronghold will unlock World Tier 5, opening up the opportunity to earn weapons and armor up to a 500 gear score. 

The Tidal Basin update includes three new gear sets: True Patriot, Hard Wired, and Ongoing Directive. You can earn these via drops by playing invaded missions and strongholds.

Ubisoft Confirms E3 Conference For June 10

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Ubisoft Confirms E3 Conference For June 10

French third party publisher Ubisoft has confirmed that, despite some major conference shake ups at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year in Los Angeles, Ubisoft at least will not be changing course. The developer of games like Assassin's Creed and The Division will indeed be holding a press conference at E3 2019.

The countdown to #E32019 is on! Mark your calendars #UbiE3 kicks off on June 10th

CD Projekt Red Says E3 2019 Will Be The Most Important E3 In Company History

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CD Projekt Red Says E3 2019 Will Be The Most Important E3 In Company History

During its annual investor conference, CD Projekt Red (CDPR) – the developers behind The Witcher 3 and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 – announced its plans for E3.

Apparently, big plans. According to CEO Adam Kiciński, E3 2019 will be the most important E3 in the studio's history. It's likely the studio will announce Cyberpunk 2077's release date, considering the studio told investors that E3 is the best venue for that kind of announcement.

Aside from that game, though, we can only speculate as to why this will be the company's biggest E3. Last year, the studio said there will be more games in the Witcher-verse, so perhaps we'll get an announcement for its follow-up to the wildly successful Witcher 3. The company revealed its acquisition of additional office space in Warsaw next to its current building, and it plans to hire another 250-300 developers. Whatever comes out of the studio next – whether it's The Witcher or a brand new IP – it's likely to be a project on par with CDPR's existing slate of games.

CD Projekt Red Says E3 2019 Will Be The Most Important E3 In Company History

about X hours ago from
CD Projekt Red Says E3 2019 Will Be The Most Important E3 In Company History

During its annual investor conference, CD Projekt Red (CDPR) – the developers behind The Witcher 3 and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 – announced its plans for E3.

Apparently, big plans. According to CEO Adam Kiciński, E3 2019 will be the most important E3 in the studio's history. It's likely the studio will announce Cyberpunk 2077's release date, considering the studio told investors that E3 is the best venue for that kind of announcement.

Aside from that game, though, we can only speculate as to why this will be the company's biggest E3. Last year, the studio said there will be more games in the Witcher-verse, so perhaps we'll get an announcement for its follow-up to the wildly successful Witcher 3. The company revealed its acquisition of additional office space in Warsaw next to its current building, and it plans to hire another 250-300 developers. Whatever comes out of the studio next – whether it's The Witcher or a brand new IP – it's likely to be a project on par with CDPR's existing slate of games.