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."

Resident Evil 2 Walkthrough: Safe Codes, Locker Codes, Film Roll Locations, And Pocket Safe Locations

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Resident Evil 2 Walkthrough: Safe Codes, Locker Codes, Film Roll Locations, And Pocket Safe Locations

There are a bunch of items and resources in Resident Evil 2 that are completely optional, such as hip pouches that expand your inventory space or ammo for some of your most powerful guns. These are typically hidden inside safes or lockers with letter dial locks. You can find the combinations for these either in memos or even scribbled somewhere on a wall.

Whether you're playing as Leon or Claire, the solutions remain the same and can be accessed without grabbing the memo that hints at their solution. The only exception to this are the items you grab by developing film rolls--though, there is a minor exception even to that. Regardless, below you can find details on all the optional items locked behind safes, lockers, or hidden in the environment.

For more guides, be sure to check out our beginner's tips, as well as our gun upgrades location guide. Otherwise, be sure to read our Resident Evil 2 review.

Bad News: That Big Lebowski Tease Is Just A Dull Super Bowl Ad

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The Super Bowl is as much an event because of the ads as the game, since so many companies go over the top with the commercials airing during the year's most coveted TV time. But just because someone spends a lot of money to make an ad doesn't mean it's going to be very good. Case in point: The Stella Artois ad teased last week that sees Jeff Bridges reprise his role as The Dude from The Big Lebowski.

The Stella ad, which is now up on YouTube ahead of Sunday's game, hinges on the idea of The Dude changing up his usual drink order. Throughout the Coen Brothers' 1998 movie, the stoner detective drinks White Russians--but in the Stella ad, he changes his order and goes for the Belgian pilsner.

He's not the only one. The Dude is joined by Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker's iconic character from Sex and the City, who is known for drinking Cosmopolitans but switches things up in the ad. The change for the two characters shocks surrounding waitstaff so much, they drop several people's dinners onto the ground. It's not an especially good ad, seeing as neither Parker nor Bridges have good lines despite the fact both characters were birthed by comedies.

Black Ops 4's Next Update Brings Further Armor Tuning, New Blackout Mode On PS4

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Treyarch has another update on the way for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This week, the developer will be rolling out patch 1.12, which will make some big changes to the way armor works in Blackout mode, add classic weapons to Zombies, and kick off another limited-time event on PS4.

In a post on Reddit, Treyarch outlined the biggest tweaks and additions that are coming in this week's update. Among other things, the developer will be making further tuning changes to armor, concussions, and cluster grenades in Blackout mode.

The full list of changes will be detailed in this week's patch notes, but Treyarch says it is reducing damage protection for armor "across the board." On top of that, the developer is raising the number of armor plates it takes to repair level 3 armor, while the time it takes for cluster grenades to detonate is also being increased.