Cyberpunk 2077 has involved months of crunch, despite past promises

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Cyberpunk 2077 has involved months of crunch, despite past promises

Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most highly anticipated video games of the past decade, has already been delayed three times. Employees at CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the game, have reportedly been required to work long hours, including six-day weeks, for more than a year. The practice is called “crunch” in the video game industry, and it is sadly all too common.

It’s also something that the leadership at CD Projekt Red said wasn’t going to happen to the people making Cyberpunk 2077.

Persona 5 Strikers leaked trailer reveals Western release on PS4, PC, Switch

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Persona 5 Strikers leaked trailer reveals Western release on PS4, PC, Switch

Persona 5 Scramble: Phantom Strikers will launch in the West in February 2021, one year after its Japanese release, according to a trailer that publisher Atlus uploaded to YouTube and very quickly removed on Friday.

The hack-and-slash spinoff of the Japanese role-playing franchise was given a Feb. 23, 2021, launch date on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Gematsu preserved a copy of the trailer before it was removed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone season 1 delayed

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone season 1 delayed

Activision has delayed its season 1 update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone. The update was originally scheduled for Dec. 10, but has been pushed back to Dec. 16.

“It’s an unprecedented amount of free content and the teams are currently prepping for the biggest Season One launch week ever seen,” publisher Activision said in a blog post on the Call of Duty website. “For this to occur, we’re taking a few more days to finalize everything before unleashing this massive drop of new, free content to the community.”

Destiny 2: Trials of Osiris won’t return until later this month

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Destiny 2: Trials of Osiris won’t return until later this month

After a tumultuous month for Trials of Osiris, Destiny 2’s competitive weekend-only multiplayer mode, Bungie announced another delay. Trials of Osiris will return on Dec. 18, assuming Bungie doesn’t find any more problems.

Trials of Osiris hasn’t seen a full weekend of play since Destiny 2: Beyond Light launched on Nov. 10. A few days after Beyond Light, Bungie announced plans to delay the mode until Nov. 27.

PAX 2021 dates announced, pending COVID-19 ‘improvement’

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PAX 2021 dates announced, pending COVID-19 ‘improvement’

Organizers for the PAX gaming conventions say they plan to bring the annual events back in 2021, pending positive developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, ReedPop and Penny Arcade announced dates for PAX East in Boston, PAX West in Seattle, and PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, but said PAX South will not take place in 2021.

In a news release, the PAX organizers said that depending on the state of COVID-19 infections and “with the support and guidance of local governments and health officials,” PAX East will return to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from June 3-6; PAX West will return to the Washington State Convention Center from Sept. 3-6; and PAX Unplugged will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Dec. 10-12.

New Pokémon ASMR video just lets you hang out with Pikachu for 15 minutes

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New Pokémon ASMR video just lets you hang out with Pikachu for 15 minutes

As many of us enter a new phase of lockdowns and quarantining, it can be helpful to have a friend like Pikachu to keep us company. The Pokémon Company knows this and delivered a new ASMR video — you know, autonomous sensory meridian response — featuring the lovable little electric type.

Pikachu’s new ASMR video runs about 15 minutes, and features the Pokémon playfully running around a sunlight patio on a lazy afternoon. Between romps, Pikachu gets tuckered out and takes a nap or two. All the while, Pikachu tells you important things, like “Pika!” and “Pika pika!” and “Pikachuuuuu...” But honestly, if you have a low tolerance for hearing Pikachu say “Pikachu,” this might not be all that relaxing.

The Division 2’s ‘Codename Nightmare’ event is canceled

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The Division 2’s ‘Codename Nightmare’ event is canceled

“Codename Nightmare,” a special gameplay event that Ubisoft teased for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 back in September, has been cancelled. In a live-streamed discussion yesterday, a developer with Massive Entertainment implied that disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic were partly to blame.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone; it’s been a tough year for us as well, and one of the consequences of that is we have had to make changes in our plan,” Yannick Banchereau, the studio’s associate creative director, says at 13:20 in the video above.

250,000 fans watched a VTuber beg to play an old game

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250,000 fans watched a VTuber beg to play an old game

The livestream began with an audible sigh. The pink-haired goth girl was not thrilled, and within moments, it became clear why.

“Atlus, please let me play Persona 3,” started Mori Calliope, an English-speaking VTuber under the Hololive agency of digital anime entertainers currently taking the internet by storm. Visible on her screen was a cartoonish depiction of herself with two exclamation points — a graphic that is instantly recognizable to anyone who has played Japanese role-playing game Persona 3.

YouTube asks users to reconsider rude comments

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YouTube asks users to reconsider rude comments

YouTube is launching a new feature to deter angry or hostile commentators from making offensive remarks with a quick prompt that triggers before the insult is published, asking them to reconsider and edit their remark. The plan is outlined in a blog post published today.

In addition, YouTube will now have a filter on comments that have been held for review. The creator will be automatically able to hide, approve, or report the messages without being forced to read through the contents of a hateful or threatening message.

Mass Effect and Dragon Age leads leave BioWare

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Mass Effect and Dragon Age leads leave BioWare

BioWare general manager Casey Hudson and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah are leaving the studio. Laura Miele, chief studios officer at Electronic Arts, announced the departures on the BioWare blog, alongside personal messages from Hudson and Darrah.

Hudson said in his note that after nearly 20 years with BioWare, he has “made the decision to retire from the studio and make way for the next generation of studio leaders.”