Dragons heading to Elder Scrolls Online in new updates

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Dragons heading to Elder Scrolls Online in new updates

Bethesda Softworks today unveiled its 2019 plans for The Elder Scrolls Online, including a new story chapter called Elsweyr, part of a four-part story arc that will include dragons, a first for the fantasy online multiplayer game. Many of the update’s details were already known, due to a leak earlier this month.

The story is set in the eponymous land of Elsweyr, home of the Khajiit cat-people. The new zone is described as “similar in size and scope to last year’s Summerset zone.” Around 30 hours of adventuring are promised. The update will include a new class, the Necromancer, which Bethesda says is “dark, mysterious,” and able to “command the dead and cast powerful elemental spells.”

NBA 2K licensing deal gets lucrative long-term extension

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NBA 2K licensing deal gets lucrative long-term extension

The publisher of the NBA 2K series of basketball video games has signed a lengthy extension of its licensing agreement with the NBA and its players’ union, the companies announced Tuesday, securing the future of America’s most popular sports gaming franchise.

It’s going to cost Take-Two Interactive, parent company of NBA 2K publisher 2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts, a significant chunk of change: The new deal is worth up to $1.1 billion over the next seven years, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a source familiar with the contract. The source also told the newspaper that the figure is more than twice the cost of the parties’ previous licensing agreement, which they signed in 2011.

Tabletop games dominated Kickstarter in 2018, while video games declined

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Tabletop games dominated Kickstarter in 2018, while video games declined

Tabletop games continued their meteoric rise on Kickstarter throughout 2018, helping push the games category to an all-time high of more than $200 million. Data provided to Polygon by the crowdfunding platform show a nearly 20 percent increase in funds raised by successful tabletop projects over the previous year.

Earnings for successful video game projects were down for the third year in a row. In fact, that decline accelerated sharply compared to the previous year.

In Battle for Azeroth, the Alliance are set to take the stage

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In Battle for Azeroth, the Alliance are set to take the stage

Battle for Azeroth, the latest World of Warcraft expansion, has been almost entirely centered around the Horde. The Horde made the first strike in the faction war, burning down the Night Elven home of Teldrassil. Sylvanas, the Warchief of the Horde, stole the spotlight and was the most compelling character in the Battle for Lordaeron. The Zandalar campaign led the Horde to the first raid of Uldir, where Horde heroes slew G’huun. For many Alliance players, there’s a sense that they’ve been tagging along for the ride so far.

Polygon recently spoke with Steve Danuser, senior narrative designer on World of Warcraft, and Steve Burke, senior designer and assistant quest lead, about the Alliance’s role in Battle for Azeroth so far — and what’s next for the game’s other faction.

‘Orange Shirt Kid’ mom sues Epic Games over Fortnite’s Orange Justice dance

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‘Orange Shirt Kid’ mom sues Epic Games over Fortnite’s Orange Justice dance

The mother of “Orange Shirt Kid” wants justice for her son, and is suing Epic Games over Fortnite’s Orange Justice dance emote. It’s the latest legal tangle for Epic, which is now facing multiple lawsuits over dance-based emotes in its battle royale game.

The complaint, first reported by Variety, was filed in California court by Rachel McCumbers, the mother of the boy known as Orange Shirt Kid (named as C.C.M. in court documents) whose video went viral within the Fortnite community last year. The suit alleges copyright infringement, arguing that Epic copied the dance move — named “the Random” by the boy — and the catchphrase (“It’s also a great exercise move”), but “did not credit Orange Shirt Kid nor seek his consent to use, display, reproduce, sell, or create a derivative work based upon Orange Shirt Kid’s Random dance or likeness in Fortnite.”

Final Fantasy 14’s new job, Blue Mage, is out now

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Final Fantasy 14’s new job, Blue Mage, is out now

Final Fantasy 14’s newest job, Blue Mage, dropped today as part of patch 4.5. Unlike the other jobs in the game, Blue Mage learns spells from enemies, requiring players go out on hunts to collect them.

The Blue Mage is considered a “limited” class, which means it can’t be taken into dungeons, trials, or raids through normal party-finding queues. You can take Blue Mage into these types of content in pre-made parties, however.

More Mario, Zelda Nintendo 3DS games join budget line

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More Mario, Zelda Nintendo 3DS games join budget line

Nintendo will update its line of budget-priced Nintendo 3DS games next month, with a trio of recent (and less-recent) ports for the handheld console. As of Feb. 4, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, and Star Fox 64 3D will be included in the Nintendo Selects collection.

All games with the Nintendo Selects stamp cost $19.99, down from as much as $35.99 for Nintendo 3DS games.

Resident Evil 2 remake’s Tofu: everything we know

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Resident Evil 2 remake’s Tofu: everything we know

Capcom will release its remake of Resident Evil 2 later this month, giving fans a new opportunity to play as Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they attempt to escape zombie-infested Raccoon City. The remake will also bring back two additional playable characters, Hunk and Tofu, the latter of whom has been impressively remade to be more photorealistically tofu-like than previously rendered.

Tofu appeared in the original Resident Evil 2 in a scenario named “The Tofu Survivor.” It was a more challenging version of Hunk’s scenario, “The Fourth Survivor,” because Tofu is armed with nothing but a knife and a few herbs.

Crafting games could learn something from My Time at Portia

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Crafting games could learn something from My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia might seem like familiar territory. It has all the farming, crafting, relationship-building, mining, and monsters you’ve seen in other farming and crafting sims. But where it sets itself apart from Stardew Valley and its ilk is not only in its charm, which it has in spades, but also in how developer Pathea Games streamlined some of the genre’s biggest time wasters.

Before the game delivers its twist on the formula, it treads some common ground first. After I created my character, I set off to claim an old cottage that was bestowed upon me in a town called Portia. As is often the case with these types of games, it’s up to me to restore the aging home to its former glory, improve the lives of the town’s residents by taking up odd jobs and slowly piecing together the potentially post-apocalyptic subplot.