Bethesda Settles Lawsuit Over Westworld Game It Claimed Was A Ripoff Of Fallout Shelter

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The lawsuit that Bethesda brought against developer Behaviour and media giant Warner Bros. over a Westworld video game has come to an end, it seems.

Bethesda and Behaviour announced that they have reached an amicable settlement, though no terms were disclosed. Bethesda initially said Behaviour's Westworld mobile video game was a "blatant ripoff" of Fallout Shelter.

Behaviour worked on Fallout Shelter, and Bethesda further alleged that Behaviour "illegally" used the same copyrighted source code from Fallout Shelter to developer the Westworld game. Not only that, but Bethesda claimed Behaviour "copied Fallout Shelter's game design, art, animations, gameplay features, and other elements.

More Shakeup At Activision Blizzard, As Blizzard CFO Leaves For A New Job

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Activision Blizzard, the gaming giant behind franchises like Call of Duty, Destiny, Overwatch, Diablo, and World of Warcraft, is starting 2019 down two top executives.

Activision Blizzard CFO Spencer Neumann recently left, and was recently named the next CFO of Netflix. And now, Blizzard CFO Amrita Ahuja has left the company to join mobile payment company Square as its new CFO.

Jack Dorsey, Square's co-founder, said in a statement that Ahuja "brings us a deep understanding of ecosystem businesses, and she's purpose-driven, disciplined, and has a strong growth mindset."

A New Marvel Game Is Being Developed By Former Blizzard Devs

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In 2018, former Hearthstone director Ben Brode and several of his coworkers left Blizzard and founded a new company, now known to be called Second Dinner. The indie studio has announced that it's begun work on its first title, and it will be a Marvel game.

Second Dinner has received a $30 million investment from NetEase, which will go towards supporting the studio as it develops this first game. Second Dinner has not revealed details about the Marvel game; however, an announcement video did reveal that the studio has been working on the title for six months and already has a working prototype.

The new indie studio is currently composed of Hamilton Chu, Ben Brode, Mike Schweitzer, Yong Woo, and Jomaro Kindred, who each had a hand in creating Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Several of their resumes include other games as well, such as Halo 2 and Diablo III.

Final Fantasy 14's New Year Event Now Live, New Patch Coming Soon

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Final Fantasy 14's New Year Event Now Live, New Patch Coming Soon

Following the Christmas-themed Starlight Celebration, Final Fantasy XIV's annual Heavensturn New Year event is back again on PS4 and PC. The festivities are underway from now through to January 15, giving players until then to take on seasonal quests and earn some New Year gear.

To participate in the Heavensturn event, you'll need to have a character that is at least level 15, then speak to the Inoshishi Bugyo, who can be found in the upper decks of Limsa Lominsa. It appears the residents of the city are unaware of the festival, so you'll need to help him drum up some interest and sell his rice cakes.

After completing the event quest you'll be able to earn two different styles of the Inoshishi Kabuto helmet, which features an adorable piglet sitting on top to commemorate the Year of the Pig. You can also get a new seasonal piece of furniture for your home: the Boar's Head Kadomatsu. Certain items from previous Heavensturn events can be purchased from the seasonal shop as well.

Final Fantasy 14 New Year Event Now Live, New Patch Coming Soon

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Final Fantasy 14 New Year Event Now Live, New Patch Coming Soon

Following the Christmas-themed Starlight Celebration, Final Fantasy XIV's annual Heavensturn New Year event is back again on PS4 and PC. The festivities are underway from now through to January 15, giving players until then to take on seasonal quests and earn some New Year gear.

To participate in the Heavensturn event, you'll need to have a character that is at least level 15, then speak to the Inoshishi Bugyo, who can be found in the upper decks of Limsa Lominsa. It appears the residents of the city are unaware of the festival, so you'll need to help him drum up some interest and sell his rice cakes.

After completing the event quest you'll be able to earn two different styles of the Inoshishi Kabuto helmet, which features an adorable piglet sitting on top to commemorate the Year of the Pig. You can also get a new seasonal piece of furniture for your home: the Boar's Head Kadomatsu. Certain items from previous Heavensturn events can be purchased from the seasonal shop as well.

Fortnite Week 5 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 5 Secret Battle Star Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

We're partway through Season 7 of Epic's hit battle royale game, Fortnite, and there's a new batch of challenges to complete on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Clearing these missions earns you Battle Stars that, in turn, level up your Battle Pass and unlock the new Season 7 rewards. There's an added incentive to complete all of the challenges from a given week, however: you'll also clear a related Snowfall challenge, which will net you a special loading screen that features a clue to the whereabouts of a free item.

The item in question will either be a Battle Star--which levels your Battle Pass up by one tier--or a Banner--which can be used as a profile icon--depending on how many weekly sets of challenges you complete. If you finish five weeks' worth of missions, you'll be able to get the former. But first, you'll need to find it.

Fortunately, the loading screen you receive for completing the Week 5 Snowfall challenge will point you in the right direction. As you can see below, the screen features Trog--one of the new skins introduced to Fortnite in Season 7--having a little tea party inside a snowy cave. If you look in the top left-hand corner of the image, however, you'll be able to spot a Battle Star just above the wooden hut in the background.

Fortnite Week 5 Guide For Secret Battle Star Location (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 5 Guide For Secret Battle Star Location (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

We're partway through Season 7 of Epic's hit battle royale game, Fortnite, and there's a new batch of challenges to complete on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Clearing these missions earns you Battle Stars that, in turn, level up your Battle Pass and unlock the new Season 7 rewards. There's an added incentive to complete all of the challenges from a given week, however: you'll also clear a related Snowfall challenge, which will net you a special loading screen that features a clue to the whereabouts of a free item.

The item in question will either be a Battle Star--which levels your Battle Pass up by one tier--or a Banner--which can be used as a profile icon--depending on how many weekly sets of challenges you complete. If you finish five weeks' worth of missions, you'll be able to get the former. But first, you'll need to find it.

Fortunately, the loading screen you receive for completing the Week 5 Snowfall challenge will point you in the right direction. As you can see below, the screen features Trog--one of the new skins introduced to Fortnite in Season 7--having a little tea party inside a snowy cave. If you look in the top left-hand corner of the image, however, you'll be able to spot a Battle Star just above the wooden hut in the background.

Nintendo Switch New Year's Sale Drops Prices On Lots Of Big Games (US Only)

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Nintendo Switch New Year's Sale Drops Prices On Lots Of Big Games (US Only)

Nintendo is doing a very un-Nintnedo thing on the Eshop this week. Instead of keeping its exclusive titles at a rigid $60 price point, it's discounting them between now and January 10 as part of a New Year's sale. These are games that rarely get the discount treatment, so if you've been holding off on titles like Octopath Traveler and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, now is a great time to buy. A bunch of other games are on sale this week as well, so let's take a look.

As for those exclusives, you can get Arms, Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Octopath Traveler for $42 each. That saves you a cool $18 on some of the most sought-after Switch games around. (For those who prefer physical versions, Target also has these games on sale for the same price).

But this week's sale is bigger than just those titles. You can save lots of cash on a swath of other games as well. Mega Man Legacy Collection, which bundles the core series' NES installments (games 1-6), is on sale for $11.25. You can solve murders in 1940s California in LA Noire for $25. And if you'd like to take over the world, Sid Meier's Civilization VI lets you give it your best shot for $45.

Xbox One Controller Might Get A New Upgrade, According To Microsoft Patents

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Microsoft might be rolling out new upgrades to its Xbox One controller in the future. The company filed two patents for its controller's triggers back in June 2017--the first for triggers with an input device with linear geared feedback and the second for triggers with motor-driven adjustable tension--and both were granted in December 2018.

Together, both patents focus on providing greater feedback when pulling the trigger on an Xbox One controller, which should increase the level of responsiveness in games where the triggers are used for action-specific tasks, like shooting or running. Both patents only include a diagram of the Xbox One controller, but if these upgrades were to roll out, Microsoft would potentially implement them in Xbox One Elite controllers as well. Windows Latest, which first reported on the patents, theorized these designs might also be for entirely new controllers instead of upgrades to existing ones.