Dungeons & Dragons publisher scrubs contributor from handbook amid abuse allegations

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Dungeons & Dragons publisher scrubs contributor from handbook amid abuse allegations

Wizards of The Coast announced on Tuesday that it is removing all references to a consultant named Zak Smith from the current Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook after multiple women publicly accused Smith of abuse earlier this month. In a statement published on its website, the D&D Team said that Smith’s credit removal will apply to both the physical and digital versions of the book.

“Zak Smith, along with many others, was engaged by Wizards to provide feedback on D&D Next, the playtest which evolved into D&D fifth edition,” Wizards said. “We have not contracted with him since, and regret our choice to do so in 2014. Because of that, we are removing Zak’s credit from future physical printings and digital versions of the Player’s Handbook.”

Apex Legends gets new Havoc energy rifle

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Apex Legends gets new Havoc energy rifle

Apex Legends has its first new gun: Havoc. The rifle uses energy ammo and includes a few interactions with the game’s pre-existing mods.

Developer Respawn Entertainment first teased the weapon Tuesday in a video that gave us a brief glimpse of how it might work. Now that we can see the whole thing in action, it appears that the rifle has a brief spin-up time to reach its top rate of fire. It’s similar to the energy light machine gun, Devotion.

The past, present, and future of Pokémon Go, according to Niantic

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The past, present, and future of Pokémon Go, according to Niantic

Pokémon Go may never re-create the widespread and deeply surreal obsession that surrounded its 2016 launch. But even without that pop culture spotlight, the game continues to thrive. Last year proved to be the game’s best to date for players.

Over the course of 2018, Niantic delivered long-promised franchise features like trading and PvP battles, established a must-play monthly event with Community Days, and loaded the game with compelling missions and entertaining promotions. It even delivered an excellent Pokémon Go Fest experience after the original crumbled under the weight of technical hitches. Last year’s myriad enhancements and additions restored a lot of faith in a game that, through 2017, seemed to be losing steam.

Dreams enters early access for serious creators later this spring

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Dreams enters early access for serious creators later this spring

Dreams draws closer to its long-awaited full release, with a private beta most recently giving players a chance to test out the virtual creative suite. Next up is an early access version of Media Molecule’s game-creation game for PlayStation 4 in the spring.

The early access period is aimed at those most eager to create things in the world of Dreams. For $29.99, players will “get 100% of the same Dreams tools that we have used every day at MM to make our content. As well as fun, deep interactive tutorials catering for all skill sets and levels and Mm-crafted arcade games ready to play and remix,” the developer wrote in a blog post.

Square Enix casually reveals new game on Twitter, and it has the most Square Enix name ever

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Square Enix casually reveals new game on Twitter, and it has the most Square Enix name ever

Square Enix is developing a game called Last Idea, according to a very sparse Twitter account that has the super-informal reveal.

A tweet from the Last Idea page repeats the account’s bio: “SQUARE ENIX’s new game『LAST IDEA ラストイデア』official Verified account.” Square Enix is using “verified” liberally here, since the Last Idea account doesn’t have the requisite blue checkmark; but the logo, October join date, and a trademark for the name found last November all suggest that, yep, this is a Square Enix game, alright.

Amid game industry layoffs, AFL-CIO says it’s time for workers to organize

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Amid game industry layoffs, AFL-CIO says it’s time for workers to organize

On Feb. 15, just days after massive layoffs at Activision Blizzard, the AFL-CIO issued a powerful public statement of support to game developers in the United States. Also known as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the AFL-CIO represents more than 12 million workers in 50 different labor unions, including a unit here within Vox Media. Its message, published in an open letter at Kotaku, was both simple and profound.

“This is a moment for change,” wrote secretary-treasurer Liz Schuler. “It won’t come from CEOs. It won’t come from corporate boards. And, it won’t come from any one person.”

Apex Legends players get 5 free Apex packs and a Pathfinder skin with Twitch Prime

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Apex Legends players get 5 free Apex packs and a Pathfinder skin with Twitch Prime

Apex Legends has been one of the most-watched games on Twitch since its launch earlier this month. Now, Twitch and developer Respawn Entertainment have partnered to give some loot and rewards to the streaming platforms’ many Apex Legends fans. Anyone with a Twitch Prime membership can get access to an exclusive legendary skin for Pathfinder, as well as five Apex Packs.

To claim this reward, log into your Twitch account and click the crown in the top right corner of the screen. From there, you’ll see an option to claim rewards for Apex Legends. The website will require you to sign into your EA account to claim the reward. Your Apex packs and new skin will show up next time you launch the game.

Xbox Game Pass adds Alien: Isolation, Epic Mickey 2 to February 2019 lineup

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Xbox Game Pass adds Alien: Isolation, Epic Mickey 2 to February 2019 lineup

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get access to four more games as part of their subscription this month. Microsoft announced the rest of this month’s Xbox Game Pass releases Wednesday, which brings games like Alien: Isolation and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two to an already strong February lineup.

As previously announced, Batman: Return to Arkham — the Xbox One collection that includes Arkham Asylum and Arkham City — is coming to Game Pass on Feb. 21. That day, it will be joined by Double Fine’s retro-futuristic Metroidvania game Headlander and Junction Point Studios’ Epic Mickey 2, a backward-compatible Xbox 360 game.

Apex Legends is introducing a new gun tomorrow

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Apex Legends is introducing a new gun tomorrow

Apex Legends is getting its first big update: a new weapon. Developer Respawn Entertainment announced the gun via a tweet on Tuesday afternoon. The attached video is light on details beyond when to expect the update: tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The video doesn’t give us much concrete information on the gun, but it does let us see what it looks like in action. The gun appears to be some kind of automatic rifle. In the first part of the video, we see a player firing the gun and reloading it, by placing a magazine in the side of the weapon. In the second part of the clip, it appears that the weapon has some kind of charge shot that probably does extra damage. It’s unclear what type of ammo the gun might use. It’s also unknown if the charge option is limited to a weapon modifier, or if it will come standard on the gun.