Final Fantasy creator’s project goes viral for its elaborate 3D dioramas

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Final Fantasy creator’s project goes viral for its elaborate 3D dioramas

Mistwalker is a studio full of developers best known for their work on the Final Fantasy series, and it has since released titles like Lost Odyssey and The Last Story. In 2019, the studio garnered interest by announcing Fantasian for Apple Arcade. Now, in 2021, fans are finally getting to get a good look at the game after three years of development — and the environments are already getting players invested in the game.

Fantasian is set for a 2021 release, so players should be able to get their hands on this game relatively soon. Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has been tweeting out previews of the game, including concept art and dioramas of environments that will appear in the final game. The studio’s official account has also given some pretty big hints about the final game by posting previews of places called Machine City, Secret Base, and the Water City of Venice.

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is live with a new Bounty Hunter mode

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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is live with a new Bounty Hunter mode

Blizzard Entertainment’s annual Lunar New Year event for Overwatch is now live. This year’s limited-time event will run from Feb. 4-25, and will include a new game mode, Bounty Hunter, and a fresh batch of Lunar New Year-themed skins for Ashe, Bastion, Echo, Orisa, Widowmaker, and more.

Overwatch’s new Arcade mode is a deathmatch-style game type. In Bounty Hunter, the player who scores the first kill of the match becomes the target, while everyone else become a bounty hunter. The player who kills the target then becomes the next target, and so on. Blizzard says that Bounty Hunter will be included as part of the Arcade game type rotation after the Lunar New Year 2021 event concludes.

Robert A. Altman, founder of Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media, dies at 73

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Robert A. Altman, founder of Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media, dies at 73

Robert A. Altman, the co-founder and chief executive of ZeniMax Media, has died, the company announced on Thursday. As the parent of Bethesda Softworks and several other development studios, Altman’s company grew into a major video gaming publisher in the 21 years since its founding, responsible for multimillion-dollar franchises such as Doom, The Elder Scrolls, and Fallout.

A cause of death was not given in Bethesda’s announcement on social media. The company said Altman was very well liked by his employees and colleagues. “He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being,” Bethesda said.

One of Hitman 3’s best levels is getting a wicked new twist

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One of Hitman 3’s best levels is getting a wicked new twist

We already knew that Hitman 3 was getting more content soon, but it turns out that developer IO Interactive already has a full slate of plans for February. The studio will release new content every week throughout the entire month, according to a content roadmap published Thursday.

Most of the new content will focus on Escalation missions, which are variations on the missions that are already in the game. Escalation missions provide new parameters for existing missions by doing things like changing the targets or making players eliminate them in very specific ways.

Levi’s selling full-on Misty cosplay in new Pokémon fashion line

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Levi’s selling full-on Misty cosplay in new Pokémon fashion line

The Pokémon Company and Levi Strauss & Co. announced a new clothing and accessories line in commemoration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary. The line is inspired by the original anime and features all your first-generation favorites. It will be available to purchase in the United States starting Feb. 15 at Levi’s stores, on Levi.com, and on the Levi’s App. Prices on items range from $20 to $148.

The line is not very subtle, but it sure is fun. The garden-inspired jacket is covered with various Pokémon like Slowpoke, Gengar, and Mewtwo, and it’s definitely a statement piece. In line with other bold clothing options, you can also buy a pair of jeans with Pikachu on them.

Someone actually hit every Smash Bros. Melee credit after 20 years

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Someone actually hit every Smash Bros. Melee credit after 20 years

Normally, when you hit the credits sequence in a game, you either zone out or lie back and leisurely take it in, but not in Smash Bros. The party fighting game franchise is known for having a minigame at the end of its single-player campaign where players are tasked with zapping every name before it disappears from the screen. It’s such an iconic part of the series that you’d think someone would have gotten the top score in the most revered entry of the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Melee, but no.

Until 2021, absolutely nobody had managed to hit all 190 names in the Melee sequence. But then a man by the name of Nathaniel Bandy put out a challenge to the community: The first person to nail every credit would win $3,000 out of Bandy’s own pocket. The run had to be on actual hardware, and recorded so that viewers could see the actual inputs on the controller. The deadline would be March 31, also known as the meme day where some Nintendo games arbitrarily vanish from existence.

Sonic the Hedgehog fan’s Lego set will get official release

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Sonic the Hedgehog fan’s Lego set will get official release

Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own Lego set, thanks to a dedicated Sonic fan and support from the Lego community. The Lego Group and Sega have given the green light to produce an official Sonic Lego set — officially known as the Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone Lego Ideas design — conceived by 24-year-old fan Viv Grannell.

The above image shows Grannell’s idea, which was submitted to the Lego Ideas website. Lego Ideas is a testing ground where brick enthusiasts can propose new sets, which are then voted on by the community, and can eventually become official Lego releases. Grannell’s Lego Ideas submission received widespread community support.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War patch adds new Zombies and multiplayer maps

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War patch adds new Zombies and multiplayer maps

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s first season has been out for almost two months, but Treyarch is spicing things up with an update that adds a couple of new maps to the game. Multiplayer is getting Express, a remake of the Black Ops 2 map, while Zombies is getting the all new Firebase Z map set in Vietnam.

Express is set in an abandoned train station, where players can fight in luggage areas, train tunnels, and on the train tracks themselves. The map isn’t too big, which helps keep matches fast and firefights frequent. To make sure players have a chance to check out the remade map, Treyarch is adding an Express 24/7 playlist to Black Ops Cold War, which will feature only Express with a different game mode every match.

Genshin Impact’s Xiao is bringing out fans’ rituals and superstitions

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Genshin Impact’s Xiao is bringing out fans’ rituals and superstitions

Genshin Impact rolled out its newest character, Xiao, Tuesday night. While fans prepared to roll for him in practical ways — like saving up in-game currency to buy a chance to win him — people who want to play as Xiao are creating superstitious rituals to help “maximize” their chances of pulling the new character.

I put maximize in quotes, because these rituals don’t actually improve odds of rolling Xiao. Genshin Impact is an open-world, free-to-play fantasy gacha game which uses micro-transactions to roll and get random items and characters — in other words, a loot box system.

Activision sued over female Call of Duty character

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Activision sued over female Call of Duty character

In 2019, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare publisher Activision Blizzard introduced a new character to its game: an operator named Mara. A writer and photographer is now alleging that the company intentionally modeled Mara after his own character, Cade Janus, from a short story called November Renaissance.

Plaintiff Clayton Haugen filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a Texas court on Tuesday, according to court documents first published by Torrent Freak. He alleged that Activision Blizzard and developer Infinity Ward willfully intended to model Mara after Cade Janus — including hiring the same model, Alex Zedra, to reproduce the photoshoot and scan her likeness for use in the game. Haugen said developer posted his Cade Janus photographs on the photography studio wall during the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare shoot.