Alan Wake developer Remedy is experimenting with ‘ongoing live multiplayer’ games

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Alan Wake developer Remedy is experimenting with ‘ongoing live multiplayer’ games

Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break, is going to try something new: multiplayer games.

The Finnish developer announced a new development effort named Vanguard today, which it describes as a “new internal development team with a slightly different focus.” Remedy’s Vanguard team will be small and designed with a “startup mentality,” and it is tasked with developing “new types of ongoing live multiplayer game experiences.”

First Spelunky 2 gameplay trailer shows off new characters, online multiplayer

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First Spelunky 2 gameplay trailer shows off new characters, online multiplayer

First teased in 2017, Spelunky 2 is the upcoming sequel to the beloved platformer. The teaser trailer released ahead of Paris Games Week last year hinted that the original character left his life of spelunking to find love and have a child — and that the mantle of main character would be taken up by his daughter. Its first new trailer since then has more information, including a 2019 release window and a look at gameplay.

New hero Ana Spelunky (daughter of the OG) journeys through randomly-generated tombs, caves, planets and more with a cast of new friends throughout Spelunky 2. The gameplay footage highlights the online multiplayer, where players can chose from a selection of colorful characters (including spunky pirate gal Margaret Tunnel, humanized sloth Roffy D. Sloth, and professor-looking fellow Colin Northward) to explore the levels and hunt for treasure.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is getting a new mode, new heroes later this year

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 is getting a new mode, new heroes later this year

At this year’s E3, EA and DICE offered long apologies for the state of Star Wars Battlefront 2 at launch, among other things, but also teased that new content for the game was still on the way. While an improved squad system and new appearances for existing characters are coming in September, the big news is the schedule for new heroes, locations and vehicles.

General Grievous will be released in October, while a much bigger update is scheduled for November.

Destiny 2 leads PlayStation Plus games for September

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Destiny 2 leads PlayStation Plus games for September

PlayStation Plus members are getting one of 2017’s biggest games as part of their subscription next month. Sony revealed September’s PS Plus giveaways, a list that includes Destiny 2 — just in time for its new expansion to arrive.

With Destiny 2: Forsaken, the game’s latest add-on, launching Sept. 4, Sony is doing curious Destiny newcomers a favor. (You can actually grab the game for free on the PlayStation Store right now; Sony says it wants players to get in on the 24-hour Gambit mode trial in time for its Sept. 1 launch.) At the same time, however, all players must purchase both the game’s Expansion Pass and Forsaken separately, bringing the total cost for all Destiny content to $60; that’s the same standard price as the base game on its own.

White Xbox Elite controller and Xbox One X are coming to stores

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White Xbox Elite controller and Xbox One X are coming to stores

A new, white version of the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, Microsoft’s official high-end gamepad for the Xbox One, hits retail this fall, the company announced Wednesday. It’s joined by a white console as well: the “robot white”-edition Xbox One X, sold exclusively as part of a bundle with Fallout 76.

The white controller will be the first new color option available for the Elite controller, which was released in October 2015 for $149.99. When the white edition launches on Oct. 16, it will also cost $149.99.

Riot Games responds to toxic workplace allegations and reports

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Riot Games responds to toxic workplace allegations and reports

Over the last decade, League of Legends has grown from a humble indie into one of the biggest online games and esports titles in the world. In recent weeks, the human cost of that success has come into question. On August 7, 2018, Kotaku published an in-depth report entitled “Inside the Culture of Sexism at Riot Games.” The piece was followed by a number of allegations from individual employees.

Now, just over three weeks later, Riot has responded to the allegations with a statement, titled “Our First Steps Forward,” acknowledging its responsibility and pledging change.

Games companies continue to neglect issue of social media harassment

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Games companies continue to neglect issue of social media harassment

Polygon ran a story two years ago outlining how game companies were unprepared and unserious about harassment their employees receive from toxic consumers. This, despite repeated episodes of employees, most especially women, receiving abuse and harassment from men on social media and other digital channels. This is a problem that stretches back years, and is still ongoing.

In the wake of yet more examples of toxic harassment, we recently contacted a selection of large games companies once again, to ask if they’ve addressed this problem. Unfortunately, we found the majority of game companies remain neglectful about protecting their employees from social media harassment.

Nintendo’s mobile RPG, Dragalia Lost, launches Sept. 27

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Nintendo’s mobile RPG, Dragalia Lost, launches Sept. 27

Nintendo will launch its first original mobile game, Dragalia Lost, on Sept. 27, the company announced this week. The action role-playing game will be available in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau on that date, with other territories to follow.

The company promises new details on Dragalia Lost in a new Mobile Direct — a mobile-focused version of its Nintendo Direct presentations — on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. You can watch today’s Mobile Direct in a YouTube livestream, which we’ve embedded above.

Spider-Man’s first DLC launches in October with new character, missions and suits

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Spider-Man’s first DLC launches in October with new character, missions and suits

Marvel’s Spider-Man is coming to PlayStation 4 on Sept. 7, and not longer after, a trio of add-on episodes will be released for the game, developer Insomniac Games said today on the PlayStation Blog.

Spider-Man’s episodic DLC, The City That Never Sleeps, will be released in three parts. The first chapter, “The Heist,” will be released on Oct. 23, and will introduce players to thief and occasional Spider-Man love interest Felicia Hardy, also known as Black Cat. “The Heist” will add new missions and challenges, a new enemy faction and three additional Spidey suits, Insomniac said.