League of Legends director: LGBT characters will appear in the game ‘at some point’

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League of Legends director: LGBT characters will appear in the game ‘at some point’

A couple of weeks ago at the Game Developers Conference, League of Legends design director Greg Street gave a talk on the constant struggle to balance an incredibly complex game like League. Before that talk, Polygon spoke with Street on a wide variety of topics, from class updates to upcoming champion redesigns.

During that conversation, we got onto the topic of the growing fandom surrounding different characters in League of Legends, and how some parts of the fan base may not see much representation in game yet. So will the game see champions who are openly identified as not straight? Street says yes, eventually.

Sonic Mania delayed to summer

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Sonic Mania delayed to summer

Sonic the Hedgehog fans will have to wait a little longer for the character’s next 2D adventure. Sega announced at SXSW today that Sonic Mania has been delayed from its spring release window to sometime this summer.

While that may be bad news for impatient Sonic enthusiasts, it will likely result in a better product. And to dull the pain of the delay, Sega revealed a new stage for Sonic Mania, Flying Battery Zone, in a brief gameplay trailer.

The most popular Wii emulator now does ‘the unthinkable’

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The most popular Wii emulator now does ‘the unthinkable’

The team behind Dolphin, the best-known, most technically stunning Wii and Gamecube emulator, just added an impressive feature in its latest update. Users of the free PC software can now access the Wii Shop Channel. Downloading demos and even buying WiiWare and Virtual Consoles games is now possible through the emulator.

“Getting to the point where we could go shopping on Dolphin was a long and tumultuous one,” developer JMC47 wrote of the update, which is broken down in the video above. “We couldn't even connect to the update servers a few weeks ago, and had little idea why.”

Outlast 2 denied rating in Australia because of sexual violence

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Outlast 2 denied rating in Australia because of sexual violence

Outlast 2 has been refused a rating by the Australian Classification Board because of a scene depicting sexual violence. Without a rating, the game cannot be sold in that country.

The original Outlast, which was released on Windows PC in 2013. The asylum-based horror game reviewed well, including here at Polygon. The sequel takes place in Arizona and includes the original’s camcorder-based night vision feature. Players take on the role of Blake Langerman who, along with his wife, Lynn, are investigating the murder of a pregnant woman.

War Thunder’s latest update promises a co-operative horde mode

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War Thunder’s latest update promises a co-operative horde mode

War Thunder, the free-to-play vehicular combat game, has launched its first update of 2017. Called Assault, update 1.67 will add a kind of co-operative horde mode to the game for the first time and feature new maps, vehicles and animations.

Assault Mode will task small groups of players with defending a single location against waves of tanks or aircraft. Enemies will approach from all sides, and players will have to be strategic about where and how they maneuver. Pilots will have an even tougher time, as wave after wave of enemy bombers at different altitudes will pound the area.

Nintendo Switch’s World of Goo shows off system’s Wii-style pointer controls

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Nintendo Switch’s World of Goo shows off system’s Wii-style pointer controls

World of Goo is now out for the Nintendo Switch in North America for $9.99, and it’s one of the first games to take advantage of the Joy-Cons controllers’ pointer-style capabilities.

While previous Nintendo systems required a sensor bar for this style of controls, the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons only require you to rest the controller on a solid surface for a moment before being able to use the controller as a sort of mouse on your television.

Telltale Games’ CEO is stepping down

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Telltale Games’ CEO is stepping down

The co-founder and chief executive officer of Telltale Games is stepping down.

Kevin Bruner had been the CEO of Telltale since January 2015. He will be succeeded by Dan Connors. Connors, also a co-founder of the company, has a long history in game development dating back to LucasArts, which he joined in 1994 according to his LinkedIn profile.

Apple adding permanent indie games showcase to its App Store

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Apple adding permanent indie games showcase to its App Store

Apple is betting heavily on independent game creators, adding a permanent section called Indie Showcase to its App Store, encouraging users to buy and play more independent games.

The section kicked off today and will run indefinitely, according to Apple, featuring new games daily, along with highlighting older titles. The games are a mix of free-to-play and paid titles, all selected by the same editorial team that has been highlighting games through the App Store’s history.

Fire Emblem Heroes players already hate the game’s newest feature

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Fire Emblem Heroes players already hate the game’s newest feature

Fire Emblem Heroes’ metagame could see some serious changes for the worse, all because of its newest feature. Players are in uproar because of how skill inheritance seems to widen the gap between those who spend money on building out their teams and those who don’t in the free-to-play game.

The inherit skill feature allows for characters to gain the skills of other heroes in a someone’s collection. Its basic function is familiar to longtime Fire Emblem players, as the recent mainline games encourage players to shack up characters in the hopes of passing along their best skills to offspring.