Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto trilogy re-release, with new improvements

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Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto trilogy re-release, with new improvements

Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are being updated and re-released on modern platforms later this year, Rockstar Games announced Friday, confirming a series of leaks. The trio of groundbreaking GTA games will collected as Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition, and will feature improved visuals and other enhancements.

Rockstar’s collection promises “across-the-board upgrades including graphical improvements and modern gameplay enhancements” for all three games, “while still maintaining the classic look and feel of the originals.” Rockstar promises more details in the coming weeks, and warns that it will begin removing existing versions of those classic GTA games from digital retailers next week.

Nintendo says new OLED Switch has ‘improved’ Joy-Cons — but drift still persists

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Nintendo says new OLED Switch has ‘improved’ Joy-Cons — but drift still persists

Since the Nintendo Switch’s launch 2017, there’s been one consistent problem: Joy-Con drift. It’s persisted over the years and through different upgrades and models — and it seems that Nintendo’s new OLED model will likely see the same fate.

Joy-Con drift is a problem of durability that occurs when joysticks “drift” or move without user input, causing a character to move unintentionally. Nintendo said in July that its new OLED model, released Friday, would use the same ol’ Joy-Cons as other models, but Nintendo is now clarifying that some improvements have been made to the original design.

An upcoming Star Wars book will include additional backstory for Rise of Skywalker

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An upcoming Star Wars book will include additional backstory for Rise of Skywalker

There are four new Star Wars books in the pipeline, and they will span its fictional universe and timeline. Revealed Thursday in an official blog, the books focus on familiar characters and their off-screen adventures. Some of those adventures take place between the movies, and one may even fill in some much-needed backstory for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith, written by Adam Christopher, seems like the most interesting one of the bunch. It stars Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian, and takes place nearly two decades after Return of the Jedi. In it, Luke and Lando will be investigating a Sith menace from the dead world of Exegol. This leads into the events of the sequel trilogy, specifically Rise of Skywalker, as Luke and Lando discover the Sith assassin Ochi and the identity of Rey Palpatine. Shadow of the Sith has a June 28, 2022 release date.

So long FIFA, hello ... EA Sports FC?

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So long FIFA, hello ... EA Sports FC?

Earlier Thursday, EA Sports’ top executive said the company is reconsidering its naming-rights agreement with FIFA and could rebrand its top-selling soccer series. A couple of new trademark applications in Europe could point to a name the publisher has in mind.

EA Sports FC is the name filed just last week with the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office. In both cases, the brand is for computer game software and online computer game entertainment. The United States Patent and Trademark Office does not have any filing or registration by that mark. EA’s European paperwork was filed on Oct. 1.

Destiny 2 will lose its beloved Forsaken location and campaign

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Destiny 2 will lose its beloved Forsaken location and campaign

Destiny 2’s best campaign is going the way of Cayde-6. Yes, the Forsaken campaign, alongside The Tangled Shore destination, are going into the Destiny Content Vault on Feb. 22, 2022, during the launch of The Witch Queen expansion.

For the uninitiated, the Destiny Content Vault is Bungie’s way of purging old content from Destiny 2 and re-adding original Destiny content back into the game. Last year, Bungie vaulted four locations — Io, Titan, Mercury, and Mars — and returned the Cosmodrome and several associated Strikes from the original Destiny. Destiny’s first raid also returned from the Destiny Content Vault earlier this year in a reprised format.

Teardown Part 2 includes rocket boosters, adorable killbots

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Teardown Part 2 includes rocket boosters, adorable killbots

Teardown is a terrifically fun voxel destruction game that puts the player in the shoes of a sneaky saboteur pulling off the perfect heist. The game was first showcased in 2019, and is now in early access on Steam. A significant update is on the way from developer Tuxedo Labs, and it’s big enough to constitute the “second half of the game,” although there is no release date as of yet.

What’s on the way? Some additions seem small, although they’ll likely have a big impact. The wire tool, for instance, can tether objects together — and it maintain tension, so players can get some catapult action going with the right set-up.

Diablo 4 has a new game director

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Diablo 4 has a new game director

Joe Shely is the new game director of Diablo 4, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Thursday. Shely replaces former Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga, who exited Blizzard in August in the wake of a lawsuit against the company alleging a toxic workplace environment that subjected female employees to gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Shely has been a member of the Diablo 4 development team since 2017, Blizzard said in his official developer bio. His responsibilities include “guiding efforts to deliver the deep, compelling systems and visceral combat Diablo is known for, and has been the overall caretaker of the combat experience,” Blizzard said, and he led the team responsible for the first playable demo of Diablo 4 at BlizzCon 2019.

FIFA without FIFA? EA Sports considers a name change

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FIFA without FIFA? EA Sports considers a name change

FIFA, whose name has become synonymous with video game soccer over the past two decades, may no longer headline EA Sports’ globally dominant franchise.

Cam Weber, EA Sports’ general manager and top executive, said Thursday in a note to players that the label is “exploring the idea of renaming our global EA Sports football games. This means we’re reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all our other official partnerships and licenses across the football world.”

Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama dead at 90

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Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama dead at 90

Composer Koichi Sugiyama, known for his contributions to the music of Dragon Quest, died at the age of 90, publisher Square Enix confirmed on the series’ Japanese website. Sugiyama died on Sept. 30, Square Enix said, from septic shock.

Sugiyama contributed music, including the main theme, for every mainline Dragon Quest role-playing game, dating back to the 1986 original. His first musical score for Enix, then the developer of Dragon Quest, was the 1985 game World Golf for home computers. He was composing music for the next game in the series, Dragon Quest 12: The Flames of Fate, before his death, Square Enix said.