Grand Theft Auto trilogy ‘Definitive Edition’ leaks in new rating

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Grand Theft Auto trilogy ‘Definitive Edition’ leaks in new rating

A new rating for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition appears to verify reports that a remaster of the original PlayStation 2 and Xbox-era trilogy is coming to modern platforms.

Korea’s Game Rating and Administration Committee, generally a reputable indicator of releases, recently published a rating for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition for unspecified platforms from publisher Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two has not announced the Definitive Edition release, but the publisher said in August that it has three “new iterations of previously released titles,” which it describes as “ports and remastered titles,” in its pipeline.

Kratos actor says God of War: Ragnarok was delayed due to his health

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Kratos actor says God of War: Ragnarok was delayed due to his health

Christopher Judge, the voice actor behind Kratos in 2018’s God of War, posted on Twitter Thursday night to blame the delay of 2022’s God of War: Ragnarok on himself and his health. According to the tweets, the Stargate SG-1 actor couldn’t walk in 2019, and he had to get both hips replaced, alongside back and knee surgery. Judge’s tweets were seemingly spurred out of gratitude to the God of War community after fans voted it the greatest game of all time in IGN’s recent bracket.

Over six unthreaded tweets, Judge explained that Sony Santa Monica never threatened him or pestered him about his recovery during physical therapy. “Studios are assholes,” said Judge. “But [Sony Santa Monica] from top to bottom should give us hope.” Judge called what the studio did for himself and the rest of the crew on God of War “the classiest thing he’s ever heard about in this business.”

Nintendo Switch developers say they already have 4K dev kits

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Nintendo Switch developers say they already have 4K dev kits

A new Nintendo Switch — a modest upgrade on the original called the Nintendo Switch OLED model — will be released in October, but it’s not the 4K upgrade that many players were expecting. Bloomberg reported Wednesday, however, that developers making Nintendo Switch games were surprised, too: They’d been working on a Nintendo Switch developer’s kit that supports 4K graphics.

Bloomberg reported that developers at at least 11 game companies have been working on games using a 4K Nintendo Switch kit, at both big studios and small. Nintendo told Bloomberg its information is “inaccurate,” but did not expand further.

New Twisted Metal game reportedly in development for PlayStation

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New Twisted Metal game reportedly in development for PlayStation

A new Twisted Metal game is in early development at Destruction AllStars developer Lucid Games, according to a report from VGC. It would be the first new Twisted Metal game in a decade — an attempt to reboot the series, under the name Twisted Metal, was released in 2012 on PlayStation 3.

VGC’s report indicates a free-to-play model for the new Twisted Metal, which has not been officially announced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, but was previously rumored to be in the works.

Squid Game knockoffs are the latest sensation to take over Roblox

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Squid Game knockoffs are the latest sensation to take over Roblox

A series of knockoffs of Squid Game, Netflix’s latest battle royale show, have proliferated across the gaming platform Roblox. The platform’s trending section is now littered with titles like “Squid Game” and “Red Light Green Light,” with 8.3 million visits and 27.6 million visits, respectively.

Squid Game is a new Korean thriller on Netflix that hit the streaming service on Sept. 17. Since then, it’s become a viral hit; it’s the most-watched show on Netflix in the United States, and it’s currently on track to become its most-watched show of all time worldwide, according to Netflix.

Twitch announces new features to curb hate raids

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Twitch announces new features to curb hate raids

After an upswell in targeted harassment on the streaming platform Twitch, an organized boycott of the website on the part of users, and a lawsuit to pursue two alleged harassers, Twitch has announced the new steps it’s taking to protect users against targeted harassment on the platform, including a new feature: phone-verified chat. The new settings will enable streamers to require that “some or all users verify a phone number before chatting,” Twitch told Polygon Wednesday. The new features will also unroll on Wednesday.

“Curbing this type of behavior is, and will continue to be, a top priority for us,” a blog post from the company said. “We’re optimistic that this will have a significant impact on curbing any kind of chat-based harassment, including targeted bot attacks,” a representative said to Polygon via email.

New World’s launch is proving too popular for its servers, but Amazon has a plan

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New World’s launch is proving too popular for its servers, but Amazon has a plan

Amazon’s MMO New World was finally released on Tuesday after months of testing and delays, but it’s already a little too popular for its servers. This has led to long queues as players try to log into the game.

During its official launch day of Sept. 28, New World peaked at number two on Steam with a player count of just over 700,000. This massive player count is good news for Amazon, but the game’s servers apparently weren’t up to the task. The game has over 26,000 Steam reviews, and most of them — which Steam labels as Mixed, with just 48% skewing positive at the time of writing — complain about the game’s massive queues and limited server capacity.

PlayStation Plus subscribers catch Hell Let Loose, Mortal Kombat X in October

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PlayStation Plus subscribers catch Hell Let Loose, Mortal Kombat X in October

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to three games in October: Mortal Kombat X and PGA Tour 2K21 for PlayStation 4, and World War II multiplayer shooter Hell Let Loose, making its console debut on PlayStation 5. All three games are available for download via PS Plus Starting Oct. 5.

Hell Let Loose launched in early access in June 2019, and saw a full release for Windows PC in July. It launches on both PS5 and Xbox Series X on the same day. In Hell Let Loose, players shoot it out in matches of up to 50 per side. Each side (Germans vs. Americans or Soviets) has smaller rifle teams of six, armor squads of three, or recon groups of two.

League of Legends has a new song and animated hype video for Worlds 2021

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League of Legends has a new song and animated hype video for Worlds 2021

The 2021 League of Legends World Championship is about to begin, but first, Riot is kicking off the event with another new song and animated video featuring many of the world’s best pro players. This time around the track is called “Burn it All Down” by the synth-pop band Pvris, while the video was created by Haoliners Animation.

The new video features several current and former League of Legends stars battling it out and transforming into some of their signature champions. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, one of League’s most famous players and most frequent world champion, returns for this video, which is particularly fitting since he’s back on the Worlds’ stage this year after missing out in 2020. The video also features players like last year’s Worlds’ MVP Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu, and former-world champions Kim “DoinB” Tae-sang, who is one of the top players heading into the tournament this year.

Netflix acquires Oxenfree developer Night School Studio

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Netflix acquires Oxenfree developer Night School Studio

Netflix has acquired Oxenfree developer Night School Studio, the companies announced Tuesday. The game studio, known for its branching narratives, will create original games for the streaming platform’s nascent foray into video games.

Night School Studio founder Sean Krankel said in a blog post about the acquisition that the company will continue working on Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals, which it currently expects to launch in early 2022 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC. As the first games studio to join Netflix on this new project, said Krankel, Night School wants to “stretch [its] narrative and design aspirations across distinctive, original games with heart.”