Activision Blizzard hit with federal investigation, Bobby Kotick subpoenaed

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Activision Blizzard hit with federal investigation, Bobby Kotick subpoenaed

Activision Blizzard now faces a federal investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, into how the company has handled employee allegations of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. The company’s workplace environment has faced public scrutiny since California authorities filed suit to prosecute similar claims back in July.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed Activision chief executive Bobby Kotick, as well as several other senior executives, the Journal reported. The newspaper quoted sources familiar with the investigation and said it had viewed documents related to the case.

Candy Crush is now a hardcore esport for pro gamers

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Candy Crush is now a hardcore esport for pro gamers

Candy Crush All Stars U.S. is an upcoming, brand-new tournament that pits the best Candy Crush players against one another in a series of high-stakes Candy Crush Saga matches. If you’re familiar with Candy Crush Saga, this might be a little odd to you. After all, it’s a chill match-3 game largely played by moms and commuters. But some people are really into the game, and they’ll get to compete to be the ultimate victor at Candy Crush.

The tournament is hosted by reality TV personality Khloé Kardashian, who will be commenting on the matches. Personally, I’m hoping we eventually get the traditional sports-style broadcast desks, real-time replay, and other esports luxuries that show off every facet of the high-level gameplay. I’m also hoping we see some cool player profiles that highlight these hardcore gamers — I want to see some competitive moms talking trash on screen, please.

New Star Wars game from Quantic Dream reportedly in the works

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New Star Wars game from Quantic Dream reportedly in the works

The studio behind Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human, Quantic Dream, is moving from androids to droids. It’s developing a new Star Wars game, according to reports from DualShockers and Kotaku. According to both reports, Quantic Dream is already 18 months into development of its unannounced Star Wars project.

Quantic Dream’s rumored Star Wars game is reported to be different from the developer’s previous games. Kotaku, citing an unnamed source familiar with the project, reports that the game will focus less on quicktime event-style mechanics and more on traditional action elements. We’ve reached out to Quantic Dream for comment.

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to your phone

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game is coming to your phone

The Pokémon Trading Card Game will soon be available as a free-to-play app for iOS and Android devices, The Pokémon Company announced on Monday.

With Pokémon TCG Live, The Pokémon Company promises that newcomers and veterans alike will get Pokémon’s classic deck-building game with true-to-life rules and gameplay. Pokémon TCG Live will be supplemented with daily quests, customizable avatars and accessories, and more. A robust post-launch content schedule is promised.

A single sunset makes me want to live in this Breath of the Wild-like game

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A single sunset makes me want to live in this Breath of the Wild-like game

Relishing in the details of game development helps me build an appreciation for both the worlds of games and the people who make them. This includes environmental design I normally take for granted, like a game’s day-to-night cycle. While time of day can often influence how I play a game, I rarely stop and pause to appreciate that my game world is constantly changing. So, when developer Sørb posted a video showing off the landscape as it changes from a bright blue to golden hour, it didn’t just show me how beautiful that game is, but how lucky we are that any game has any sunset at all.

We have beautiful views and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips and screenshots of works in progress. Each week, the Polygon staff scours the internet for the most interesting games still under construction, to give you a sampler of the coolest up-and-coming projects.

Sea of Thieves’ next season introduces siren shrines full of booty

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Sea of Thieves’ next season introduces siren shrines full of booty

We knew that Sea of Thieves newest season would send pirates beneath the waves, but now Rare has revealed more details behind the game’s next update. Siren Shrines and Treasuries are arriving to the Sea of Thieves, and players will be able to either track them on their boat’s map, or look for the telltale shimmer of siren treasure on the surface of the water. The reward, of course, is tons of treasure.

Some underwater enemies were introduced during the previous season, A Pirate’s Life, which included a crossover with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. They play a much bigger role in season 4. Siren shrines seem to have a lot in common with the above-water fort, except instead of skeletons, players have to work their way through waves of sirens, coral beasts, and other threats. They also have to solve puzzles to get to the final wave of treasure.

Epic and Balenciaga bring fashion (look it up) to Fortnite

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Epic and Balenciaga bring fashion (look it up) to Fortnite

Fortnite is a getting a line of aesthetic items inspired by the Spanish luxury designer Balenciaga on Sept. 20, Epic Games announced Monday. The series, called the “Balenciaga Fit Set,” includes four new outfits in addition to a variety of other items like backpacks, pickaxes, wraps, a glider, and an emote. There will also be free Sprays, a Strange Times Featured Hub, and a live “Fortography” campaign.

The skins are inspired by “archival looks from luxury fashion house Balenciaga,” but some looks will come as products people can actually buy and wear themselves. For example, the real-life version of the white hoodie with the Fortnite logo will be available to purchase for a whopping $725. The real-life Fortnite X Balenciaga collection hits select Balenciaga stores worldwide and its website Monday (or Tuesday, depending on region).

Check out the new job skills trailer for Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker

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Check out the new job skills trailer for Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker

The Final Fantasy 14 development team detailed some new features for the upcoming expansion, Endwalker, focusing on changes to the various jobs, in a Friday evening livestream.

The developer noted that changes to jobs will expand upon the systems built in the Shadowbringers expansion, rather than create new systems. As the game gets more complex and jobs can hit higher levels, the developer does not want to make jobs overly confusing.

Deltarune’s next 3 chapters will drop together

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Deltarune’s next 3 chapters will drop together

Deltarune creator Toby Fox aims to release the next three chapters of his sequel to UndertaleDeltarune Chapters 3, 4, and 5 — all at once, Fox shared in an update. Instead of just getting Chapter 3, like we have have for Chapter 1 and 2, he will release three together, up to Chapter 5. Fox said he will then put the game up for sale, though he did not list a price.

Deltarune Chapter 1 was released back in 2018, and Chapter 2 got a surprise release on Sept. 17.

For Pistons’ announcer in NBA 2K22, the job was more than just his catch phrase

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For Pistons’ announcer in NBA 2K22, the job was more than just his catch phrase

When I heard that Visual Concepts had taken the step of bringing all 30 NBA arena PAs into NBA 2K22, which launched last week, my first thought was, more or less, “This had to be a ton of work.”

It was. Because not only were guys like John Mason, the Detroit Pistons public address since 2001, in a session delivering their signature introductions and call-outs, they were recording across multiple days, accounting for nearly infinite contingencies, too.