Star Wars: C-3PO Actor Finishes Filming Episode 9

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It looks like Star Wars: Episode XI is coming along. Actor Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, tweeted that today, January 28, was his final day on set for the big-budget sci-fi film.

"I'll miss everyone, but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world," Daniels wrote, giving nothing away about the story. It's not immediately clear if other actors have finished filming their scenes as well.

Today was 3PO's last on Episode IX. He's sad - so am I. But we're so proud to have worked with such a lovely, talented cast & crew lead by J.J. & Kathy. I'll miss everyone but I'm glad to know that we've been making something exceptional together, to share with the waiting world.

Fortnite Server Issues Are Preventing Players From Logging Into The Game

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Fortnite Server Issues Are Preventing Players From Logging Into The Game

Online services issues are afflicting Fortnite players, apparently making it impossible to login to the game. As many took to Twitter to voice their frustrations, developer Epic Games acknowledged the problem and said it was working on a solution.

Many players seem to be dealing with an error message when trying to enter Fortnite, but judging from the ongoing discussion on social media, many who were already logged into the game already are continuing to play. But those trying to sign on are encountering trouble at the title screen, which claims some users don't have permission to play the game. The trouble seems to be affecting all versions of the game.

According to Epic Games' online services status page, game services, logins, and the Epic Games Store website are all suffering a "major outage" as of this writing. "We have identified an issue with logins and some players may have trouble connecting to Epic Games services," Epic wrote on the page. "We will keep you updated as we work towards a resolution."

Fortnite Servers Down, Preventing Players From Logging Into The Game

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Fortnite Servers Down, Preventing Players From Logging Into The Game

Online services issues are afflicting Fortnite players, apparently making it impossible to login to the game. As many took to Twitter to voice their frustrations, developer Epic Games acknowledged the problem and said it was working on a solution.

Many players seem to be dealing with an error message when trying to enter Fortnite, but judging from the ongoing discussion on social media, many who were already logged into the game already are continuing to play. But those trying to sign on are encountering trouble at the title screen, which claims some users don't have permission to play the game. The trouble seems to be affecting all versions of the game.

According to Epic Games' online services status page, game services, logins, and the Epic Games Store website are all suffering a "major outage" as of this writing. "We have identified an issue with logins and some players may have trouble connecting to Epic Games services," Epic wrote on the page. "We will keep you updated as we work towards a resolution."

New Rainbow Six Siege Update Rebalances 6 Operatores; Full Patch Notes Listed

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Ubisoft has announced the full patch notes for the upcoming February update for Rainbow Six: Siege. The Y3S4.2 Patch will launch first for PC on February 5, before also coming to consoles on February 6.

This new update is primarily geared at rebalancing Operators based on how often they're picked and their win rate. Each Operator's performance after the last update is outline in a blog post on Siege's main website. Currently, Caveira has too high a win rate, and Ubisoft said it's getting reports of people referring to her as "frustrating to play against." She's receiving fairly large changes as a result, with a decrease to her damage output and an increase to the amount of recoil she has to deal with.

Clash is also getting some rather drastic changes. Ubisoft is "not satisfied" with the Operator, as the adjustments made to her in the last update did little to improve her underperformance. Thus, Clash is being further buffed, with the fire rate of her signature weapon increasing to full auto. This, along with a few other changes, should make Clash a more viable option for players, as they are designed to make her strong enough to hold out on her own until her teammates arrive to assist.

After Putting $100 Million Into Bungie, NetEase Buys A Stake Of Quantic Dream

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NetEase Games, the gaming division of Chinese internet giant NetEase, has made another investment in a prominent game developer. After pouring $100 million into Bungie to make non-Destiny games, the company has now acquired a minority stake in David Cage's Quantic Dream. The value of the investment was not disclosed in dollar or percentage terms.

In a statement, NetEase said Quantic Dream--the French developer behind games like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human--will continue to operate independently. Cage, along with Quantic Dream's other boss, Guillaume de Foundaumiere, will remain in control of the studio. The money will go to "further the development and distribution of global online games."

"This strategic investment aims to support the studio's vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company, and to develop advanced technologies and games for the future," NetEase said.

See Marvel's Black Panther For Free When It Returns To Theatres For Black History Month

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As we steadily approach February, there's no shortage of entertainment to consume in the month of Black History. In an effort to support black entertainment, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced that Ryan Coogler's Black Panther will return to the big screen for one week.

The news comes via Twitter, where the official Walt Disney Company Twitter account confirmed that the Academy Award-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) winner will begin playing in theatres starting February 1. Tickets will be free and two showtimes will be available each day at 250 participating AMC theatres.

In addition to supporting Black History Month, the Walt Disney Company has announced that it'll donate a $1.5 million grant to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to help minority students access and move through college. According to the press release, UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization who, for 75 years, has helped support "students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness."

Microsoft Really Wants To Know How You Feel About Halo

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Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has made a new hire, and it's for what sounds like a completely new role. Justin Robey, a 17-year Microsoft veteran who worked as a Software Test Engineer and then a Senior Producer for nearly two decades is now the "Director of Player Voice" at 343. In his new role, Robey will communicate and work with members of the Halo community so that their "voice" is heard by developers throughout the production process.

"This new role is about working with you, the player, to have an active voice throughout the development, launch, and lifetime of Halo Infinite. Let's rock this together," he said in a tweet.

Not that it's much of a surprise, but the hiring of Robey in the new Director of Player Voice role seemingly confirms that Halo Infinite will use the games-as-a-service model similar to previous Halo games and titles from the wider industry in general.

Three Major February PC Releases Are Not Coming To Steam

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Of all the major PC games coming out in February, three will not be sold on Steam. Instead, they're launching on other PC game stores.

These aren't small titles either. 4A Games' Metro Exodus, BioWare's Anthem, and Sumo Digital's Crackdown 3 all won't be available on Steam. For PC, Metro is releasing on the Epic Games Store, while Anthem is launching on EA's Origin, and Crackdown 3 is releasing on Microsoft's Windows Store. It's a trend that will continue throughout 2019. Although February's Far Cry New Dawn is releasing on Steam, another big Ubisoft game--March's The Division 2--left Valve's store and is now scheduled to launch on Epic.

Steam hasn't been totally left out in February. The store is still getting the aforementioned Far Cry New Dawn, as well as Jump Force, but it's clear the overall landscape of PC gaming is changing. Steam has held a fairly large monopoly on the PC gaming market for the past decade, but developers' decision to create their own stores has created unprecedented competition.

Nintendo's Nindies Showcase Host Joins Xbox

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Maybe you recognize him from the Nintendo Nindies Showcases. Maybe you could've sworn you saw his face at E3 one year. Maybe you saw him on that one episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast. Either way, Nintendo's senior manager of publisher and developer relations, Damon Baker, has announced he's jumping ship. Moving from Nintendo to Microsoft, Baker announced via Twitter that he's "pursuing a new opportunity."

According to a later Twitter post, Baker confirmed he's now the Head of Portfolio for Xbox. As stated by Gamasutra, Baker's new role at Xbox is similar to the one he held at Nintendo, which will now see him "working to further Xbox's efforts with external developers."

Before taking the new role over at Xbox, Baker, a self-described indie advocate, spent the last 12-plus years supporting "the 3rd party business as an advocate for their amazing work," he wrote in a statement. "Your support for great content has helped define this generation of platforms and realize the dreams of many."