Game Writer Chris Avellone Finishes Work On Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

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Game designer and writer Chris Avellone has announced that he's finished up work on Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. He's also working on a secret project that may be announced in the next month.

Avellone is known as the writer behind several story-driven video games, including one of the most popular Star Wars titles ever made: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords. His more recent work includes Divinity: Original Sin II, Prey, and Into the Breach--the first of which made our top 10 games of 2017 list and the latter of which is one of our favorites for 2018. Avellone was also on the writing team at Obsidian for Fallout: New Vegas and he was the lead storyteller for Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Other than Jedi Fallen Order and his secret, unannounced project, Avellone's future work also includes Dying Light 2.

I can't say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order - and beyond that, there's another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem.

KOTOR 2 Writer Finishes Work On Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

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Game designer and writer Chris Avellone has announced that he's finished up work on Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. He's also working on a secret project that may be announced in the next month.

Avellone is known as the writer behind several story-driven video games, including one of the most popular Star Wars titles ever made: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords. His more recent work includes Divinity: Original Sin II, Prey, and Into the Breach--the first of which made our top 10 games of 2017 list and the latter of which is one of our favorites for 2018. Avellone was also on the writing team at Obsidian for Fallout: New Vegas and he was the lead storyteller for Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Other than Jedi Fallen Order and his secret, unannounced project, Avellone's future work also includes Dying Light 2.

I can't say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order - and beyond that, there's another big bomb dropping in a month! Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem.

Fallout 76's Beer-Brewing Crafting System Further Detailed

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Bethesda has some big content updates in store for Fallout 76 this year, starting with this month's Wild Appalachia expansion. That is slated to kick off on March 12 and will introduce some new content to the online RPG, most notably a Brewing and Distilling system, which the developer further has further detailed in its latest Inside the Vault post.

As part of a new quest called Wasted on Nukashine, players will be able to construct a Brewing Station for their CAMP. As you can imagine, the Brewing Station will give you the ability to craft a variety of different alcoholic drinks, from beer to various wines. These will provide a temporary buff when drunk, but Bethesda warns that they will also "bring a drawback and, just like real life, will result in a mild hangover."

Depending on what type of drink you're trying to make, you'll be able to increase their potency by letting them ferment longer. Wines and Spirits in particular will require a longer fermentation time than other drinks, but they can also change from "fresh" to "vintage" if aged long enough, imbuing them with additional properties.

Anthem Really Needs To Steal This Apex Legends Idea

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Anthem Really Needs To Steal This Apex Legends Idea

There are a lot of super-smart systems and ideas in Apex Legends that improve on the overall battle royale genre. The inventory system makes it easy to navigate the many weapons in the game, the respawn system makes it possible for smart, brave, and lucky teams to save their teammates from the great beyond, and the Legend system gives everyone on a team a specific set of abilities to help out their squad. But the best thing Apex Legends brings to battle royale is its ping system, which allows players an extremely effective way to communicate even without actually speaking to each other.

The ping system makes team communication in Apex incredibly easy and fluid, whether you're playing with friends or with random people you squad up with. You can mark enemy locations, suggest where the team should go, and point out weapons and attachments your teammates might need. Having those markers show up in-game makes it easy to get your point across to other players, and in some cases, is even more effective than actually talking to your team. It's also highly accessible to players who might not otherwise have the means or ability to speak to teammates.

Resident Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts 3 On Sale For $45 Right Now (PS4, Xbox One)

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New games seem to be going on sale faster than ever these days, and two of the biggest games of 2019 so far are following the trend. Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3, both of which released just over a month ago, are already available for $15 off their launch price. Using the code EMCTWTU48, you can drop the price from $60 to $45 on both of these critically acclaimed titles.

Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 2 does justice to the original while improving nearly every aspect of the experience for the better. RE2's amazing visuals, expanded story, terrifying survival horror atmosphere, and challenging bonus modes have some claiming it could be a Game of the Year contender. "Resident Evil 2 is not only a stellar remake of the original, but it's also simply a strong horror game that delivers anxiety-inducing and grotesque situations, topping some of the series' finest entries," wrote GameSpot's Alessandro Fillari in his Resident Evil 2 review. Another reason to pick up RE2 now: its free DLC, The Ghost Survivors, just released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Pokemon Go: March Field Research Features New Legendaries

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A new month is now officially underway, and Niantic is rolling out a new set of Field Research tasks in Pokemon Go. Just as before, players will be able to encounter select Legendary Pokemon by completing enough of these tasks, but this time around there will be three new possibilities: Regirock, Regice, and Registeel.

The Regi trio join the previously available Legendary beasts Entei, Raikou, and Suicune as well as the Pokemon Gold and Silver mascots Ho-Oh and Lugia as a potential reward for achieving a Research Breakthrough. If you complete enough of this month's Field Research tasks, you'll earn an encounter with one of the aforementioned Legendaries, giving you a rare opportunity to capture them outside of Raid Battles.

Unlike Special Research quests, which are distributed by Professor Willow, Field Research tasks are obtained by spinning the Photo Disc at Poke Stops. The first task you complete each day will reward you with a stamp, and if you collect seven stamp, you'll achieve a Research Breakthrough and earn an encounter with a rare Pokemon.

Anthem Update Seemingly Broke Freeplay For A While

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Almost immediately following an update that addressed issues with Strongholds and the tethering system in Anthem, BioWare has released a hotfix for its multiplayer-focused action RPG. Unfortunately, according to USGamer, this latest patch broke the game for a while. Thankfully, according to a recent tweet, it seems like a fix should be rolling out shortly.

The patch in question introduces changes in how Anthem's loot system works. Specifically, inscriptions will better match the items they're on. Additional patches are planned to increase the drop rate for masterwork weapons and abilities, lower the crafting requirements for masterwork items, and remove common and uncommon items from level 30 drop tables entirely. However, as stated above, there was an unforeseen side effect to this first patch.

Somehow the hotfix caused enemies to stop spawning in Anthem's freeplay mode. If you join a freeplay session, there still a good chance you won't be able to find any signs of life in the game until the fix is live across all systems. Additionally, there have been instances where players have been kicked out of Stronghold missions upon spawning into the expedition.