Fan gets all-expense paid trip to BlizzCon for handing over StarCraft’s source code

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Fan gets all-expense paid trip to BlizzCon for handing over StarCraft’s source code

In grade school, we all learned that when you find something that belongs to someone else, you give it back to them. It’s only later in life that we sometimes have to get the courts involved in such matters. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case a few weeks ago, when one Blizzard fan found the original source code for StarCraft in a box of junk on eBay and willingly handed it over to the company that created it.

His reward for being a good citizen of the internet? An all-expense paid trip to BlizzCon, a boatload of branded loot and drinks with the developers.

Sub-Zero, Red Hood and Starfire coming to Injustice 2

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Sub-Zero, Red Hood and Starfire coming to Injustice 2

The first batch of downloadable fighters coming to DC fighting game Injustice 2 are Mortal Kombat’s Sub-Zero, Batman’s second protégé, Red Hood, and Starfire, the exiled princess from the planet Tamaran.

Those three characters will be included in the Fighter Pack 1 downloadable content for Injustice 2. Sub-Zero, Red Hood and Starfire will be included in the game’s Digital Deluxe Edition, which costs $79.99. Six more DLC fighters are planned — and included as part of the game’s $99.99 Ultimate Edition — and it looks like we already know a couple of those characters.

Facebook closes Oculus Story Studio, its narrative VR team

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Facebook closes Oculus Story Studio, its narrative VR team

As Facebook continues to calibrate its $2 billion investment in virtual reality pioneer Oculus, Jason Rubin — the former Naughty Dog founder turned Oculus VP of content — announced today it was “winding” down its award-winning VR animation studio Oculus Story Studio.

Two years ago, at the dawn of the modern VR revolution, Oculus launched Story Studio to prove the possibility and allure of a new art form: real-time storytelling. Story Studio created a series of cutting-edge VR shorts, including Lost, Henry, and Dear Angelica, that would inspire traditional filmmakers — and a new generation of storytellers — to invest in VR.

Bob Ross will be playable in Smite, complete with happy trees

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Bob Ross will be playable in Smite, complete with happy trees

Amiable, laid-back painter Bob Ross, the late host of PBS show The Joy of Painting, is coming to Hi-Rez Studios’ MOBA Smite next week, the studio revealed this week. Ross will make an appearance in Smite as a skin for an existing character, Sylvanus, and will be armed with plenty of the painter’s trademarks, including happy little trees and clouds.

The Bob Ross skin will turn Sylvanus into the painter, complete with brush, palette and easel. Sylvanus’ treant, which he rides during matches, will also get the Bob Ross treatment in the form of a big smile and a bright green beard.

Overwatch is already a billion-dollar game

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Overwatch is already a billion-dollar game

Overwatch, the multiplayer first-person shooter from Blizzard Entertainment, has now made more than $1 billion, parent company Activision Blizzard announced today.

The total represents revenue from sales of the game as well as microtransactions like loot boxes. Blizzard announced last week that Overwatch has more than 30 million registered players, and it “continues to be Blizzard’s fastest growing new franchise,” Activision Blizzard announced today in its earnings report for the first quarter of 2017.

Zero Escape trilogy to be complete on PS4 with Zero Time Dilemma port

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Zero Escape trilogy to be complete on PS4 with Zero Time Dilemma port

Zero Time Dilemma, the third and final game in the Zero Escape series, is heading to PlayStation 4. A port of the handheld game, which came to Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita last June, will arrive sometime this fall.

Publisher Aksys Games says that Zero Time Dilemma has been remastered in hig definition for the console. Other than that, the main attraction here is having all three Zero Escape games on a single console.

Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future

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Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future

Niantic wants this summer to be, once again, the summer of Pokémon Go. To do that, it’s looking back at what part of what made the game so popular last July, when it became an international phenomenon: big, outdoor events.

The developer announced that it’s partnering with the Knight Foundation, a national organization geared toward civic engagement, for a community-based initiative, aimed at getting players outdoors and collecting Pokémon together.

Treyarch remastering classic Zombies maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

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Treyarch remastering classic Zombies maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty Zombies creator Treyarch is giving fans of the franchise a chance to revisit the series’ classic maps with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles, co-studio head Jason Blundell announced today.

Zombies Chronicles for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature remastered versions of eight Call of Duty Zombies maps — Nacht der Untoten, Kino der Toten, Shangri-la, Shi no Numa, Moon, Ascension, Verrückt and Origins — for modern platforms. Blundell said that the team at Treyarch wanted to create a “loving, fan service piece” for fans who may have started playing the game’s Zombies mode more recently.

Longtime Persona director hands off series after more than a decade

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Longtime Persona director hands off series after more than a decade

Katsura Hashino, producer and director of several Persona titles, has moved away from the series. After the international success of Persona 5, Hashino wrote in a letter to fans that he’s giving other designers a chance to helm the franchise.

“Last year, with the milestone of the Persona series’ 20th anniversary, I handed off the series development to my successors and announced the start of my new RPG project that takes place in a fantasy world,” Hashino said toward the end of his post.

Half-Life goes uncensored in Germany, two decades after original release

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Half-Life goes uncensored in Germany, two decades after original release

Since it launched there nearly 20 years ago, the German version of Half-Life has only been available with heavy content edits. Now, local fans can check out the original, uncensored release for the first time ever as a free download on Steam.

Valve released Half-Life Uncensored as downloadable content this week, following a report that the unedited game had been removed from Germany’s list of objectionable media. It’s available to owners of the censored, original German release of Half-Life, and it replaces the edited version upon installation.